shipping agent


Shipping agents represent the ship owner in a foreign port. They make sure customs is cleared in a timely manner so that the cargo doesn't have to stay too long in the port. Shipping agents also ensure that insurance, licences and other formalities are in order.

Alternative label

  • boarding clerk

  • owners charterers agent

  • liner agent

  • shipping proxy

  • ship local representative

  • ship representative

  • ships agent

  • cargo agent

  • port agent

  • shipping representative

  • water clerk

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

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Optional skills and competences



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