abbreviation for 'cost, insurance, freight', a special type of sale of goods. The quoted price includes the cost of the goods, the cost of insurance while the goods are in transit and the cost of the freight to the destination. It clearly eases the buying of goods across national boundaries, especially so where distance is involved. The seller is in the best position to obtain a good price for insurance and freight, so the utility of the standard contract is evident. The seller delivers the goods to the carrier and sends the invoice, insurance policy and bill of lading to the buyer. Its incidents are well known, but any tampering with the arrangement can have unfortunate legal consequences: see Leigh and Sillivan v . Aliakmon Shipping  AC 785.
Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001.
An acronym for Cost, Insurance, and Freight. CIF is an international commercial term used to describe who will pay these fees when goods are transported by sea (and it's sometimes used to describe air freight as well). These trade terms are often identical in form to domestic terms (such as the American Uniform Commercial Code), but have different meanings. You should consult an international trade lawyer before using this or similar terms.Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → Business Accounting, Bookkeeping & FinancesCategory: Business Cash Flow Problems & BankruptcyCategory: Business, LLCs & Corporations → Business Tax & DeductionsCategory: Personal Finance & Retirement → Taxes → Tax Audits
Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Thompson Hill. 2009.