Consignee in Invoice To Order


Consignee in Invoice ‘To Order’


Consignee in InvoiceTo OrderThe term ‘To order’ ,‘To the Order’ , ‘To the Order of’, ‘ To the order of Bank’ – These words are rarely used in Invoice also other than bill of lading, to hold the title of goods in exports and imports.
Most commonly, invoice is consigned to the buyer whose name and address is mentioned. However, under Letter of credit instructions, such words are used to hold the title of goods to bank.

   If the consignee XYZ who placed purchase order with overseas supplier wants to deliver the goods later to some other party either by re-selling or transferring goods, the consignee instructs overseas supplier to mention consignee column in Bill of lading and invoice as “To the order of XYZ’. In this case, once after arrival of goods at destination, if XYZ wants to transfer the goods to ABC, XYZ endorse Invoice and Bill of lading by signing back side of original bill of lading by mentioning “Please deliver cargo to ABC….” Or equivalent words.
Although the term ‘To order’ ,‘To the Order’ , ‘To the Order of’, ‘ To the order of Bank’ are used in the consignee column in Bill of Lading commonly, such words are rarely used in Invoices.


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sandip patil: I am very happy to say that your website has very good data to learn and I have learn my initial export career with help of your good website support I am working with 2 years at merchant exporter I have query for shipping bill consignee name shall we take dummy name for de-fecement of original customer name? or shall we take customer's bank name in consignee at shipping bill?

Admin: Hi Sandip Patil, Mentioning dummy name as consignee is wrong. However, there are different methods to hide the actual consignee in international business. Mentioning bank's name in consignee column or mentioning 'to order' as mentioned by you is practical. You may consult an expert.

Arpit Gupta: I have imported few goods for commercial purpose and made the payment of 1430$ (through wire transfer) to my supplier. My supplier has send the goods with less invoice value (800$ only) and it had cleared Indian custom without any objection. I have never asked my supplier to generate the invoice for less value.The accessible value custom taken into account it 800$ and calculated the duty based on it.My question is how can I handle this case ? Should I submit the additional duty to custom ?in case of audit this will turn out to be a fault on my side.

Anil Banwani : I m from gwalior(m.p.). I had exported container to Bangkok of agri commodity. as the consignee name is TO ORDER and notify party name is mentioned in BL. But dispute is that party Is not ready to take stuff as market is down. So how I get my container back or switch BL to other party.

Brijesh Patel: how to receive payment under letter of credit mention of "to order" in commercial invoice ?

Rupali Jalan : want to join

Basharat: how to generate invoice and shipping bill to hide actual consignee with or without LC

ankur: My Competitor wrote "to order" in the shipping bill and bl. We have his shipping bill number,shipping bill date and IEC code of that company. Is it possible to find the consignee name or getting the first page of the shipping bill.

annette: I am not am expert in international trade and will really appreciate some help. We have a customer based in another country. There is a contract between us an the customer with a very specific payment clause. Payment clause stipulates that the customer will pay us after handover of shipping documents, but only after both parties have commenced the pre-delivery inspection The customer is the consignee not us and it has to remain this way. We do not want to sell from RSA. It is a direct sale from our factory to them. Payment after hand-over of shipping document is a problem as we will have no guarantee that we will get the 70% payment due to us. • My question option One: What is a liner bill? Who pays for the import once the vessel arrives? Cargo must go into a bonded store so that the pre delivery inspection can take place. • Option two: bill of lading consigned ‘to order’ and blank endorsed… on payment… not sure what payment they are referring to … is this maybe clearing charges? One of our agents then suggested : Option One: If you want the inspection to be the trigger: I would ship the future orders to you – if you have a relationship with the shipper, I would ship the goods consigned to you (not an option as we do not want to be the importer), using Liner Waybills if available and not bills of lading. ( Then, I would appoint your clearing agents to enter the goods in bond for export using your importer’s code. The goods can be inspected by the parties thereafter on arrival. Once and if inspected, and paid for, you can instruct your agents to transfer the goods in bond (for export) to your buyer – it is also possible to transfer them physically from one bonded store to another if you client requires this. The downside of this model is only that if the goods remain unsold they will still need to leave the republic within 2-years (you could return them to Finland but they cannot be drawn for local consumption in SA) and you might become liable for container demurrage if the goods remain containerised through to the DRC. Option Two: If you want a bill of lading to be the trigger: I would ship future orders on a bill of lading consigned ‘to order’ and blank endorsed on the reverse of the document by the shipper. On payment, you can hand the ‘bearer’ blank endorsed bills to your buyer, and the buyer’s agent can enter the goods for removal in bond under the buyer’s name for and direct routing via SA: an inspection could be arranged as before, but it’d have no significance as you will have already been paid (in exchange for the bills).

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