Shippers and receivers (NOC 1521)

About this job

Shippers and receivers ship, receive and record the movement of parts, supplies, materials, equipment and stock to and from an establishment.

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People in this occupation:

  • work for the public sector, retail and wholesale companies, manufacturing companies, and other commercial and industrial organizations
Common job titles
  • agent, shipping
  • assistant, supply chain
  • clerk, billing rate / cargo location clerk
  • freight checker / receiver / forwarder
  • receiver, milk and cream
  • shipper, produce
  • agent, shipping
  • assistant, supply chain
  • clerk, billing rate / cargo location clerk
  • clerk, delivery / distribution
  • clerk, export traffic / import traffic
  • clerk, freight receiving / shipping


Annual provincial median salary


Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report


Shippers and receivers:

  • determine method of shipment and arrange shipping
  • prepare bills of lading, customs forms, invoices and other shipping documents manually or by computer
  • assemble containers and crates, record contents manually or in a computer system, pack goods to be shipped and affix identifying information and shipping instructions
  • oversee loading and unloading of goods from trucks or other conveyances
  • inspect and verify incoming goods against invoices or other documents, record shortages and reject damaged goods
  • unpack, code and route goods to appropriate storage areas
  • maintain internal, manual or computerized record-keeping systems
  • operate forklift, hand truck or other equipment to load, unload, transport and store goods

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.
  • Some work may be done in an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to variations in weather conditions and seasonal weather patterns.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • completion of secondary school is usually required
  • experience in a related clerical occupation or as a warehouse worker may be required
  • a forklift certificate may be required
  • a driver's licence may be required


  • Clerical Ability
  • Spatial Perception
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Motor Coordination
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Academic/Basic Upgrading

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
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Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.