Shipper and Receiver

NOC (National Occupational Classification)

  • NOC 1521 shipper and receiver

Who am I?

Shippers and receivers ship, receive and record the movement of parts, supplies, materials, equipment and stock to and from an establishment. They are employed by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, and other commercial and industrial establishments.

Other Titles

Freight Receiver/Receiver
Shipping Agent
Shipping and Receiving Clerk

Essential Skills

Essential Skills are not the technical skills required by particular occupations but rather the skills applied in all occupations. These skills provide the foundation for learning all other skills and apply to careers in HVACR. See Employment and Social Development Canada for more details.

The most important Essential Skills for Shippers and Receivers are:

  • Document Use – Required to read bills of lading and order forms to obtain such information as the shipment contents, customer, and reference numbers and billing instructions.
  • Oral Communication – Interaction with customers, truck drivers and co-workers – follow-up on instructions obtained from supervisors re shipments, way bills, tariffs, etc.
  • Thinking Skills – Includes job task planning and organizing - adjustments for frequent interruptions and changing priorities caused by rush orders, production or shipping delays.

What do I do?

As a Shipper and Receiver you may do some of the following:

  • 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 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
  • May operate forklift, hand truck or other equipment to load, unload, transport and store goods.


  • Completion of secondary school is usually required
  • Experience in a related clerical occupation or as a warehouse worker may be required
  • Some knowledge of the industry is desired technical knowledge prior to or on job training
  • Forklift certificate may be required
  • Driver's license may be required.