The key advantages of Delivery Duty Paid are in favour of the buyer. The seller takes most responsibility and risk:
DDP puts the maximum risk and responsibility on the seller. It is the only one of the Incoterms that requires the seller to take responsibility for import clearance and payment.
The seller bears all the costs and risks involved in bringing the goods to the place of destination.
The seller is obliged to clear the goods for both export and import, to pay duties for both export and import, and to execute all customs formalities.
Sellers may not understand the complex and bureaucratic import clearance procedures that exist in some countries and make mistakes or miscalculations that affect their bottom line; therefore, it may be best left to the buyer who has local knowledge and understanding. Keep this in mind before choosing DDP.
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