Liner Agency

A liner agent will “market” the transport offered by the shipping line, while balancing the satisfaction of the shipper. Every shipment on the liner service must have the correct paperwork, which in the case of a large containership could be in the hundreds of thousands. A liner agent will complete all that paperwork, or these days, complex electronic procedures, identifying the ownership of the goods, recording their precise description and weight, making an accurate detail of their destination, and ensuring that all legal obligations are met. All of this information needs to be received by the discharge port well before the goods reach the ship. Collection of payment for carriage of goods will also be organised by the liner agent. Liner agents can be employed by the shipping line itself, but there are many independent outsourced companies offering liner agency