Incoterms® 2010 Rules—EXW Ex works
Incoterms® 2010 Rules—EXW Ex works

The following Commercial guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Incoterms® 2010 Rules—EXW Ex works
  • Guidance note
  • The seller’s and buyer’s obligations

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Incoterms® 2010 rules were replaced by Incoterms® 2020 rules with effect from 1 January 2020. For the EXW Incoterm applicable from 1 January 2020, see Practice Note: Incoterms® 2020 Rules—EXW Ex works.

EXW (insert named place of delivery) Incoterms® 2010


Guidance note

This rule may be used irrespective of the mode of transport selected and may also be used where more than one mode of transport is employed. It is suitable for domestic trade, while FCA is usually more appropriate for international trade.

‘Ex Works’ means that the seller delivers when it places the goods at the disposal of the buyer at the seller’s premises or at another named place (ie, works, factory, warehouse, etc). The seller does not need to load the goods on any collecting vehicle, nor does it need to clear the goods for export, where such clearance is applicable.

The parties are well advised to specify as clearly as possible the point within the named place of delivery, as the costs and risks to that point are for the account of the seller. The buyer