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Consignor & Consignee

The words consignor and consignee get used a lot in freight shipping. Find out why these words are used and what they mean.

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Who Are the Consignor and Consignee?

When shipping freight, the consignor is the sender and the consignee is the recipient.

So, why not just refer to the parties as the shipper and recipient? Because you ship cargo on consignment. The owner of the cargo consigns it to the consignee. Ownership of the freight does not legally change hands until the consignee accepts delivery by signing the Proof of Delivery.

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