What is Port of Origin and Port of Destination?

Exporting and Importing can often be an extremely complicated and mundane process as there are so many rules, regulations as well as countless  number of procedures to adhere to. This, many a times, may require to prepare and submit documents for import and export. Usually, freight forwarders would prepare it  for us, but it is also good to know for ourselves as to how to complete the relevant documents by understanding what the terms mean.

As such, in our new article series titled “Export Terms”, we would  introduce you to all the various terms used in the international trade, be it through air, land or sea freight. We would roll out one related article on a regular basis, which would help you to get a comprehensive understanding as to the document and logistics preparation for the purpose of doing trade internationally

In this article, we would be covering in depth as to the meanings related to Port of Origin as well as Port of Destination.

It is important to understand that there are no designated ports which are considered to be ether a port of origin or the port of destination.

What is Port of Origin?

A port of origin is sometimes referred to as the port of shipment. A port of origin refers to the port where the goods are being shipped from. For instance, if there is a transaction taking place between a buyer and a seller, the seller would be sending his goods via a port known as the port of origin, as that is where the goods are coming from. As such, a port of origin shares the same origin as the goods being shipped to the buyer.

What is Port of Destination?

At the Port of destination, it works as the opposite to the port of origin. A port of origin essentially refers to a port where the goods are being shipped from.

On the other hand, a port of destination refers to a port where the goods are being received from. In other words, it is the port where the goods are being sent to, and also where the buyer is residing since he is the one buying the goods.

Port of Origin and Port of Destination are two, completely opposite ports that help the buyer and seller identify which are the ports which the goods are being sent and received from

With all things considered, the port of origin and port of destination are two completely opposite ports, where one performs the action of the sender while the other acts a receiver. This, as a result allows importers and exporters to better understand the ports they are using for to send and receive shipments.

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