Shippers and Receivers

NOC 1521


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.


  • 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.

Other Titles

  • Freight Receiver
  • Import Freight Clerk
  • Shipping Agent
  • Supply Chain Assistant

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Speaking
  • Writing

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not 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

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as shippers and receivers are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$35,003 $35,295 $36,916 $35,989

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
4131 Food wholesale-distributors 40 80
4163 Lumber and other building supplies wholesaler-distributors 60 60

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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