Difference between an exporter and a shipper

Difference between an exporter and a shipper.. Hmmmmm, this could be a tricky question and depends on who looks at it and from what perspective..

In simple terms,

Exporter = is a person or company or entity that is authorised by Customs and Govt authorities to export cargoes to various countries.. This is also the party responsible for filing the export declaration with the customs authorities.. Exporter may or may not be the seller of the goods..

Shipper = is a person or company or entity that is shown in all the shipping documents (bill of lading, commercial invoice, packing list) as the party responsible for procuring and/or placing the order for shipment and maybe also for arranging the freight payment etc..

Shipper shown on the bill of lading need not necessarily be a registered exporter and may or may not be the seller of the goods.. A Freight Forwarder can also be shown as the shipper on a lines bill of lading..

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12 comments on “Difference between an exporter and a shipper

  1. Jim Kosalos says:

    Dear Hariesh
    I’m curious about the relationshop between the exporter and the shipper. I believe that the exporter must take ownership of the goods being exported. Then, payment received for the exported goods must pass through the exporters hands. What about the shipper? Can the shipper receive payments for the goods and pass the payments through to the exporter without the payments being declared “income” for the shipper?

  2. steven eze says:

    pls sir, help me on dis;

    i work in the shipping operation department in my company. we are into importing and exporting of goods. although we do importation of salt for a company in nigeria.
    pls help explain the totality of all processing involved in the importing of bulk cargo from country of origin to country of destination.
    i. e starting from the manufacturer or seller to the exporter, through to the final destination which is the importer or the rightful owner (company) of the cargo.

    1. Hi Steven, suggest you read through the entire blog and you will find all the relevant information you are looking for.. There are various processes explained here.. If you still have some query, pls feel free to ask..

  3. Prem says:

    Dear Ahmed!
    I am a trader in sweden.

    Say that- I received an order from a company in India A.
    A manufacturer in sweden B supplys this order to me first but without invoicing,
    actually he is just putting the goods in my disposation to export.

    Can I do invoicing to buyer at my own name and can I be shipper in Bill of lading also ?
    I mean i show exporter and shipper myself
    Is that legal?

    The reason that I do not want invoice from Manufacturer B is , I have to pay huge VAT tax.
    How this transaction will be done. The reason I want myself show as exporter and shipper, because I do not want to disclose the Manufacturer B to the company in India A and vice versa.
    Also assume in this case I have received transferable LC from the buyer(India A).

    Your help will be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    1. Jiaxiang Rong says:

      Show both exporter and shipper is legal ?

  4. David says:

    To export is to co-ordinate sale, delivery and invoicing of goods or services to an entity in another nation. The person who does this is the exporter. The seller carries out the transaction, the manufacturer or supplier puts the goods at the disposition of the exporter, the exporter in turn makes these available to the shipper and the shipper to the carrier. The manufacturer, seller, exporter and shipper could all be the same person or entity, but need not be, they could also be different and independant parts of the process.

  5. Neven Moodley says:

    Hi Steven Eze ,alot of Maritime colleges charge alot for theoretical knowledge ,and therafter paying a huge sum on college fees ,you have to try and get into a Shipping Company ,it Depends which sector of shipping you want to focus on (you wont know) Shipping Line ,Groupage Operators,and Clearing and Forwarding Agents ,they teach you everything ,but when you actually get into the industry its a whole new ball game ,for example Customs Clearing and Forwarding you have to start from scratch and often you either do inservice or get paid a weeeak salary ,Im a Senior Customs Expert who has a Maritime College Qualification and trust me ,youd rather go and work for free and gain experience in a shipping company than waste your money and Time on a Maritime college only to to realise later that the guys you work with have no college Qualification and are high ranking in the Industry ,The Maritime Colleges really Screw you financially and youd have a slower start to the Industry and the Industry always employs experienced people ,so if I was you Id get the experience and Study a degree in Management later instead of wasting your parents money on Irelevant stuff ,cos only 10% of your studies will apply practically in the Shipping Environment ,call me on 073 2929 342 .

  6. Ademola Adekoya says:

    More also,can we conclude that the shipper can as well be refered to the SUPPLIER,the SELLER or an individual in which an exporter acts on his/her behalf.

  7. steven eze says:

    i want to know more about the shipping industry cos am a student of a maritime college in Nigeria.

    thanks.

    pls help me

  8. Ahmed Mokhtar says:

    that’s mean that the exporter can be considered as the shipper, but the opposite can’t happen.

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