What is DDP Delivery Method?


In international trade, delivery terms and conditions are crucial. Choosing the right delivery terms that protect the rights of both parties and ensure smooth trade operations is critically important for businesses to succeed. In this regard, DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) delivery term is a commonly preferred method in international trade. In this article, we will delve into the DDP delivery term in detail to help businesses better understand it and manage their trades accordingly.

What is DDP Delivery Term?

DDP stands for "Delivered Duty Paid." This delivery term means that the seller delivers the goods to the buyer at the specified place of destination, having cleared the goods for importation, and pays all applicable taxes and duties. In this delivery term, the seller assumes all costs and risks associated with the import process, and the buyer is only responsible for the remaining costs after the goods are delivered at the specified location.

In the DDP delivery term, the seller undertakes the following responsibilities:

Managing the production, packaging, transportation, and export processes of the goods. Providing all necessary documents for import procedures and applying to relevant authorities. Completing customs procedures for the goods and paying import duties. Ensuring the transportation of goods to the point of arrival and delivering them to the buyer. The buyer, on the other hand, is responsible for paying transportation costs and import taxes during the import process in the DDP delivery term. However, the buyer does not encounter any additional costs or risks after the goods are delivered.

Advantages of DDP Delivery Term:

Comprehensive Service: The seller manages all import processes of the goods and delivers them to the buyer, reducing the workload for the buyer and ensuring smooth trade operations. Risk Mitigation: The seller assumes risks associated with transportation and customs procedures, minimizing risks for the buyer and reducing the likelihood of unexpected costs. Cost Reduction: The seller covers all import expenses, reducing costs for the buyer and increasing the profitability of trade. Management of Complex Processes: The seller manages complex processes such as customs procedures and ensures their proper completion, saving time and resources for the buyer.

Disadvantages of DDP Delivery Term:

High Costs: Since the seller covers all import expenses, this delivery term is generally more costly for buyers. Loss of Control: By transferring transportation and customs procedures to the seller, buyers may lose full control over the process.


The DDP delivery term is a commonly preferred method in international trade. In this delivery term, the seller manages all import processes of the goods and delivers them to the buyer. This ensures smooth trade operations and minimizes risks. However, considering the high costs and potential loss of control, it is important for businesses to carefully manage their trades according to this delivery term. Hiosis provides expert consultancy and services to help businesses choose the right delivery terms for international trade and successfully manage their trades.


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