Job description Shipper-receiver in Canada
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Find out what work is like for a shipper-receiver in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Shippers and receivers (NOC 14400).

Shippers and receivers


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

Work week duration

Shippers and receivers usually work between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Between 35 to 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Shippers and receivers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • 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 by computer, 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.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Handling material manually
  • Standing
  • Bending or twisting the body
  • Making repetitive motions
  • Walking and running
  • Sitting

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Shippers and receivers are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Public sector
  • Commercial and industrial establishments
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Wholesale companies
  • Retail sales establishments

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Indoors, not environmentally controlled
  • Sound and noise
  • Standard safety equipment

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 14400), and a list of similar occupations:

  • freight receiver
  • freight shipper
  • import freight clerk
  • receiver
  • shipper
  • shipper-receiver
  • shipping agent
  • shipping and receiving clerk
  • supply chain assistant

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Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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