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Cost, Insurance, and Freight, or CIF, is a commonly used term in international trade that refers to the cost of transporting goods from a seller to a buyer. CIF is a type of Incoterm, which stands for International Commercial Terms, that specifies the responsibilities and obligations of buyers and sellers in international trade transactions. Understanding CIF is crucial for anyone involved in international trade, as it can have a significant impact on the cost and risk of buying and selling goods.

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So, what exactly does CIF mean?

In simple terms, CIF is a pricing term that includes the cost of the goods, the cost of insurance, and the cost of freight. When a buyer purchases goods on CIF terms, they are responsible for paying the seller for the cost of the goods, as well as the cost of insurance and freight to transport the goods to the destination port. The seller is responsible for arranging and paying for the transport of the goods to the port of shipment, as well as obtaining insurance for the goods during transit.

How does CIF work in practice?

Let’s say a buyer in the United States wants to purchase a shipment of goods from a supplier in China. The supplier has quoted a price of $10,000 for the goods on CIF terms. This means that the $10,000 includes the cost of the goods, as well as the cost of shipping and insurance to transport the goods from China to the United States. The supplier will arrange for the goods to be transported to the port of shipment in China and will obtain insurance for the goods during transit. The buyer is responsible for arranging for the goods to be transported from the port of arrival in the United States to their final destination.

CIF process

The advantages of CIF

Provides a clear and simple pricing structure for international trade transactions. The buyer knows exactly how much they will have to pay for the goods, as well as the cost of shipping and insurance. This can make it easier to compare prices from different suppliers and to budget for the cost of importing goods.

Potential drawbacks to using CIF

One of the main risks is that the buyer has limited control over the transport of the goods and the insurance coverage. If the goods are damaged or lost during transit, the buyer may have difficulty making a claim against the insurance policy or may have to pay additional costs to have the goods replaced or repaired.


understanding Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) is essential for anyone involved in international trade. CIF is a pricing term that includes the cost of goods, insurance, and freight, and specifies the responsibilities of buyers and sellers in international trade transactions. While CIF provides a simple pricing structure, it also comes with risks that buyers need to be aware of. By understanding CIF and its implications, buyers and sellers can make informed decisions about the cost and risk of international trade transactions.

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Dewi IndrianiDewi Indriani
14:42 04 May 24
13:18 24 Feb 24
Thank you my products reached safe and it was contain glass vases, good costumer serivce 👍👍
Mardi MorrisMardi Morris
03:54 20 Jan 24
This service was 100% 5 star!. We were personally driven around to hand pick out our beautiful forever pieces for our 20ft container. The extra services we valued was a confident Bali speaking/negotiating host, all costs were transparent, goods were of high quality and beautifully made 🙏🏻. Communication from shopping-shipping-delivery was also a 5 star service ✨. I would absolutely recommend this company to help you shop, ship and deliver your forever pieces 🌴
Aball's RizkyAball's Rizky
01:45 21 Sep 23
Jeremy FultheimJeremy Fultheim
11:26 06 Sep 23
Shipped personal goods from Indo to Aus. The team at IDP Cargo were sensational. Very clear and timely communication, excellent service, fair prices. 10/10
Antonio BravoAntonio Bravo
03:37 07 Aug 23
This is to recognize the outstanding customer service provided by IDB Cargo in helping us navigate the unknown waters of shipping a statue in a wooden crate from Bali to Singapore. This was a first time effort by us and there were so many unknown details to sort through. IDB stepped-up and helped us at every step, from helping to arrange pick-up of the crate from our hotel, to coordinating with us and our receiving agent in Singapore. IDB Cargo Bali is outstanding and will be our first choice for any other shipment in the future.
03:30 18 Apr 23
IDP Cargo were excellent in helping me with shipping my container from Bali to USA.Packed it beautifully, nothing broke and I had some stone pieces I was concerned about.They are a smaller outfit that gives you very personal service.Will be using them again on my next shipment for sure!
Nathan FenechNathan Fenech
06:50 18 Jul 19
I approached Bali Shipping Cargo on my last trip to Bali May 2019 after I purchased 3 very large statues from Ubud.The process was seamless, Oka handled everything from pickup to delivery to Australia.Today they arrived at my residence. Well packed and free from damage.Very efficient and friendly service, and great communication on delivery dates and progress reports.Highly recommended.


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