EXW – Ex Works (…named place): Ex works means that the seller (exporter) delivers when he places the goods at the disposal of the buyer (importer) at the seller’s premises or another named place (i.e. works, factory, warehouse, etc.) not cleared for export and not loaded on any collecting vehicle.
This term thus represents the minimum obligation for the seller (exporter), and the buyer (importer) has to bear all costs and risks involved in taking the goods from the seller’s premises. However, if the parties wish the seller (exporter) to be responsible for the loading of the goods on departure and to bear the risks and all the costs of such loading, this should be made clear by adding explicit wording to this effect in the contract of sale.