In Australia, shipping companies have various parties which use necessary documents for smooth operation of freight and goods exchange. These are necessary for the business import or export operations in Australia for ensuring prompt delivery of goods.
Payment of shipping charges
Ideally, cargo cannot be released without collection of destination charges. Charges for any shipment from Point A to Point B must be paid either at Point A (origin) or Point B (destination) or in some cases Point C (agreed upon elsewhere) wherever the shipping line contains accounting facilities. The person placing the booking with the shipment line is directly liable to pay all the costs. This could be the direct shipper or consignee. There might be cases where the orders are placed differently and there might be cases where a couple of agents are involved.
Suppose there are 2 agents of the shipper – Agents A and B. Agent A pays all charges such as packing the cargo into the container, inspection charges, customs clearance, cargo dues, weightage charges (if applicable), transportation to the port, and so on. This is done by himup to the load port.
From here onwards, Agent B would then pay all charges from port to destination. These charges might include ocean freight, surcharge (where applicable) and other charges related to the cargo. Now the shipping line will release the bill to the shipper that placed the booking with them only after all their charges are paid to them by its agents A and B.