Shipping Order Law and Legal Definition

Shipping order is a copy of the shipper’s instruction issued by the shipping company to a shipper regarding the disposition of goods to be transported. It is an inventory control document that identifies the confirmed space booking, the goods to be shipped from the warehouse, and the place to which the goods must be shipped.

A shipping order generally contains the order number and date, names and addresses of the shipper, customs broker, or forwarder, shipping and receipt dates, a customer purchase order number, vessel and voyage number, sailing time, delivery date and location, customs closing date, and number and type of packages. The shipping order also includes a space for the recipient's signature. Therefore, the shipping order accompanies the shipment, so that the recipient can verify and sign that the items listed were received.