What are the Differences Between Consignee and Shipper Fields of Bills of Lading?

Understanding the differences between consignee and shipper fields under bills of lading.


Bill of lading is a transport document covering the carriage of goods by sea.

Consignee means a person entitled to take delivery of the goods under a contract of carriage indicated on a bill of lading.

Shipper means a person that enters into a contract of carriage with a carrier. Shipper also known as consignor.

On today’s post I explain the main differences between the consignee and shipper fields of bills of lading.

Differences Between Consignee and Shipper

Seller versus Buyer:

Usually consignor is the exporter and consignee is the importer in any shipping document used in international trade. Bill of lading is not an exception.

Position Against Goods:

Consignor hands out the goods to the carrier at the port of loading. Consignee takes delivery of the goods from the carrier at the port of discharge.

Title of Goods:

Consignee field determines how title of goods will be delivered from the shipper to the consignee.

  • Consignee field determines if the bill of lading issued in straight, negotiable or bearer format.

Shipper determines how consignee field is completed by giving necessary instructions to the carrier.

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