What is Nominated cargo or Routing order shipment

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Nominated cargo or Routing order shipment

What do Nominated Cargo /routing order mean? Who decides shipping line in a Nominated Shipment? Can a shipper arrange shipping line in a Routing order shipment? What are the circumstances where in buyer appoints a carrier in imports and export trade?

What is Nominated cargo or Routing order shipment

In an export import trade, if the terms of delivery are on ex-works basis, the carrier of goods is decided by overseas buyer. He nominates a carrier to pick up goods from supplier’s factory and arranges to get the goods at his place.


The carrier can be a freight forwarder, consolidator or any other transport operator. Once after shipment is ready at buyer’s  supplier’s premises, the supplier informs buyer accordingly. The overseas buyer appoints a carrier to move goods from the seller’s premises to his location.


In a shipment where in terms of delivery is on FOB basis, the shipping carrier from port of loading to final destination is decided by the buyer – Importer.


If the terms of delivery are on DDU, DAP or DDP basis, the exporter who supplies goods decides a carrier to deliver goods to consignee’s premise. Since the terms are DDU, DAP or DDP, the responsibility to pay the costs of delivery of consignment up to the door of consignee is vested with the Shipper who supplies goods. So the seller of goods nominates a carrier at final destination to deliver cargo to consignee’s premises with his own cost.


Who pays freight and other charges in a routed shipment / Nominated shipment? If the terms of delivery is DDU or DDP basis, the freight and other charges up to the door of consignee is paid by the supplier. If the terms of delivery are on ex-works basis, the freight and other charges have to be borne by the consignee.


In an ex-works shipment, the consignee/importer decides shipping carrier where as in DDU or DDP shipments, the Shipper / Exporter decides shipping carrier of goods.   Also read  Who decides shipping carrier on FOB shipments

Detailed articles about Inco Terms of Delivery under export and import of International business  have been mentioned in  separate category – INCO TERMS – in this web site.  You can click here to read. 


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(A special thanks to Bruce Wayne who corrected an error in this article above) 

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Sunil Vashisht: As per my knowledge, in case of Ex-works shipment, all the charges from the supplier warehouse to final destination will be borne by the buyer. But as per your article, in the 2nd last paragraph, you mentioned that in both the cases (DDP/DDU/Exworks) the charges will be borne by the shipper/supplier. Request you to let me know what is correct.

surendran: Hi Sunil, You are right. If the terms of delivery is on on ex-works basis, the freight and other charges has to be paid by the consignee. Thanks for correcting this error.

Ammal: Hi Surendran, Your write-up is helpful. Thanks From Sri Lanka

Vijesh: It was good explain by your side...now i got clear about term of delivery..Thanks a lot

Mayi: please advise if you dont mind ..what is free hand cargo?

Jagan: @Mayi, This arrangement is called freight on board, or free on board (FOB), where the exporter delivers the goods to the vessel, arranges loading, securing and protection of the cargo. Rest are receiver scope.

haroon: Dear can you please guide how could we get the major part of the cargo business as we lost in shape of nomination. Can you please guide how could we get nominate our company?

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