Definition: shipper; carrier; consignee

These four terms - shipper, carrier, consignee and passenger - are important words in the law on transportation.

A SHIPPER is one who gives rise to the contract of transportation by agreeing to deliver the things or news to be transported, or to present his own person or those of other or others in the case of transportation of PASSENGERS.

A CARRIER is one who binds himself to transport person, things, or news, as the case may be, or one employed in or engaged in the business of carrying good for others for hire.

A CONSIGNEE is the party to whom the carrier is to deliver the things being transported; to whom the carrier may lawfully make delivery in accordance with its contract of carriage. The shipper and the consignee may be the same person.

In carriage of persons, there is no consignee; there is only a destination.