Forwarder, Shipper, Carrier, Consignee, Notify Party
Freight Forwarder is a person or corporation who arranges transport of goods on behalf of either the seller or buyer. In many cases the freight forwarder will also consolidate several small shipments into one larger one to take advantage of better freight rates. In most cases the freight forwarder will assume the legal liabilities of acting as a carrier
Shipper is the person or company who is usually the supplier or owner of commodities shipped. Also called Consignor.
Carrier is a person or company that transports goods or people for any person or company and that is responsible for any possible loss of the goods during transport.
Consignee is the party shown on the bill of lading or air waybill to whom the shipment is consigned. Need not always be the buyer, and in some countries will be the buyer's bank. See also Bill of Lading - Order B/L and Notify Party.
Notify Party is the person or company to be advised by the carrier upon arrival of the goods at the destination port.