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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Lead hand - warehouse department

People in this occupation work for:

  • the public sector
  • retail and wholesale companies
  • manufacturing companies
  • commercial and industrial organization
Common job titles
  • agent, shipping
  • assistant, supply chain
  • clerk, billing rate / cargo location clerk
  • clerk, delivery / distribution
  • clerk, export traffic / import traffic
  • clerk, freight receiving / shipping


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.

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.