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While ICC encourages the use by third parties of the Incoterms® rules in sales contracts, it is vigilant about protecting its trademark and copyright ownership to help ensure the integrity and correct use of the rules.


“Incoterms” and the Incoterms®2010 logo are trademarks of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

It is important to know that “Incoterms” is not a generic name for international trade terms but is a trademark used to designate the rules devised by ICC.

Correct use of the Incoterms®rules goes a long way to providing the legal certainty upon which mutual confidence between business partners must be based. To help trade practitioners use them correctly, ICC – as the originator and developer of the Incoterms®rules – issues official publications and provides training on the rules.

ICC protects the name “Incoterms” and the Incoterms®2010 logo as trademarks to help the trading community identify official and authentic ICC products and services relating to the Incoterms®rules.

The rules governing the use of the “Incoterms” trademark and the Incoterms® 2010 logo should be followed when using these trademarks.


The Incoterms® rules and guidance notes and all other content of ICC’s publication on the Incoterms® rules are subject to ICC’s copyright. This includes, but is not limited to, the Introduction, the Preambles or Guidance Notes, and the Seller’s and Buyer’s Obligations. Other related ICC publications are also subject to copyright.

While ICC encourages the use by third parties of the Incoterms® rules in sales contracts, it is vigilant about protecting its copyright over the text of the rules. This is essential to preserve their integrity so that traders throughout the world know that they are referring to the same set of rules.

For any reproduction or adaption of the rules, in part or in whole, permission must be sought from ICC as follows:

Extracts of the rules reproduced on the ICC website may be used without permission as long as the source is acknowledged as being ICC and a link to the ICC Store is included, as in the following notice:

“Source: ICC website. The full text of the 2010 edition of the Incoterms rules is available at http://store.iccwbo.org/.

“Incoterms” is a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). “

For more information on ICC’s trademark and copyright policy in relation to the Incoterms® rules, please contact ipmanagement@iccwbo.org


The International Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the publication of Incoterms® 2020, an update of the renowned regulations that define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers operating in the international trade system.

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