What tasks are done by Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks at work?

Based on survey data, tasks done by Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks usually include the following:

  • Examine shipment contents and compare with records, such as manifests, invoices, or orders, to verify accuracy. (Daily, 43% of the time.)
  • Confer or correspond with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications. (Daily, 38% of the time.)
  • Record shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, or discrepancies, for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes. (Daily, 37% of the time.)
  • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials. (Daily, 36% of the time.)
  • Deliver or route materials to departments using handtruck, conveyor, or sorting bins. (Daily, 32% of the time.)
  • Determine shipping methods, routes, or rates for materials to be shipped. (Daily, 32% of the time.)
  • Contact carrier representatives to make arrangements or to issue instructions for shipping and delivery of materials. (Daily, 32% of the time.)
  • Compute amounts, such as space available, shipping, storage, or demurrage charges, using computer or price list. (Daily, 31% of the time.)
  • Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock. (Daily, 29% of the time.)
  • Pack, seal, label, or affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter. (Daily, 28% of the time.)
  • Compare shipping routes or methods to determine which have the least environmental impact. (More than monthly, 19% of the time.)
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