Full Form of CIP

Full-Form of CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid)

Full form of CIP means Carriage and Insurance paid up to a certain place. CIP is part of “INCOTERMS” which stands for International Commercial Terms. There are 11 “INCOTERMS” in total out of which CIP is a part. International Chambers of Commerce defines the INCOTERMS. INCOTERMS helps to standardize the export and Import process.


  • All costs related to the delivery of goods say transportation, carriage, the seller pays freight to a certain point.
  • This can be used in any transportation mode, say you are sending goods by AIR, SEA, or Land. It can be used.
  • The most important feature of carriage and insurance paid is that it is still a certain place. So when you are mentioning carriage and insurance paid, you need to mention the place.
  • There is one rule of CIP for SEA transfer. It is only applicable for goods that are transported in sealed cargos. If there is any good that is not stored in a container and sent, like Coal or Crude, this is not applicable.
  • If say CIP is mentioned till a place says New York port, then the seller’s responsibility ends till the port, now whether the seller will pay for the unloading or not depends on the terms already decided.
  • When the Goods reach the decided carriage and insurance paid point, the buyer takes the responsibility, the buyer from there pays all other costs here.
Full Form of CIP

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How does it Work?

Let’s understand this concept, Stepwise.

Say a seller in Srilanka wants to export 5 tones of coconut extracts to New York. He has mentioned that carriage and insurance paid New York Port, USA.

  • Step 1: Srilankan seller will have to pay loading charge, transportation charge of the goods from the factory to Srilankan Port, and any freight charges that are charged for land transportation
  • Step 2: When the goods reach the PORT, it needs to be stored in a warehouse that the seller will pay charges. The seller shall also bear the unloading charge at the port.
  • Step 3: Now, the goods will have to be loaded in the vessel for transportation. The seller also bears this cost.
  • Step 4: Seller will pay the SEA Freight charges for the transport.
  • Step 5: Any goods when sent needs to be insured. So the seller will have to ensure 110% of the contract value. Any additional insurance will have to be borne by the buyer.
  • Step 6: Once the Goods reach New York port, then whether the Seller or Buyer will pay the unloading cost should be predefined as this may confuse.
  • Step 7: The buyer will bear custom clearing charges as the goods have reached the point where the carriage and insurance paid agreed. If the office agreed on carriage and insurance paid in New York, the seller would pay the custom charges.

Difference Between CIP and CIF


  • It is part of INCOTERMS, so this is a standardized agreement that helps make trade between countries easier. Without proper guidance and stipulated terms, it would have been not easy to set terms regarding who will pay for the transportation charge, freights, and other charges required to transport goods from one place to another.
  • It gives confidence to buyers as they are confident that there are trade rules that the seller can’t break. So this ultimately improves the frequency of purchase and sale of commodities between countries.
  • It is also helpful to sellers as they now know an agreed place where their responsibility ends. Earlier it was difficult for the seller to know where exactly their responsibility is over. The buyer used to sue the seller whenever there used to be an obstacle in the transit.
  • It helps the seller to know the exact charges they will have to pay, so it helps them to add the costs in the selling price.


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