free on board FOB

Free on board is one of several standard terms used in contracts of sale to indicate responsibility for damage to goods during shipment.

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When goods are shipped FOB, the seller's responsibility ends when a carrier takes possession of them or, with respect to ocean shipments, when the merchandise is placed safely aboard the vessel or when an onboard bill of lading has been issued. The buyer is responsible for insuring the goods from that point on.