The term “consignee” refers to a person, company or organization that acts as the recipient of a shipment or delivery. The Consignee is the party who assumes responsibility for the receipt of the goods and is responsible for their proper handling.
As a rule, the consignee is determined by the person or company sending or shipping the shipment. This can be, for example, the seller or the sender. The Consignee is the target person or organization to whom the goods are to be delivered.
The Consignee has various duties and responsibilities. Primary responsibilities include:
- Receiving Goods: The Consignee is responsible for checking the delivery to ensure that the correct goods have arrived in the correct quantity and in good condition. He checks the shipment for external damage or signs of tampering during transport.
- Documentation: The consignee reviews the accompanying documents such as waybills, invoices, delivery bills or customs documents to ensure that they are correct and complete. Ensures that all required information is available and reports problems or discrepancies as appropriate.
- Storage and redistribution: The Consignee is responsible for the storage of the goods until they are further processed, sold or otherwise used. Depending on the agreement, the consignee may also redistribute the goods to other locations or customers.
- Payment processing: The Consignee may also be responsible for processing payment, especially if the payment terms have been agreed that payment will be made only after receipt of the goods.
It is important to note that the consignee does not necessarily have to be the actual owner of the goods, but merely the person who assumes responsibility for receiving and handling the shipment.