What is Blind and Double-Blind Shipment?

Typically, a blind shipment is one where the identity of the seller is masked from the buyer by a third party handling the shipment.

An example is when a distributor acts as the intermediary between the buyer and seller and he does not wish the buyer to find out the actual seller.

In such cases, the documents will show the distributor as the shipper. It is used to prevent customers from dealing directly with a supplier.

When a seller is not aware of the actual destination address of his consignment and the buyer is not aware of the origin address, it is called a double-blind shipment. As in blind shipments, there is an intermediary, usually a freight forwarder, in this kind of shipping arrangement.

This freight forwarder provides a dummy buyer address to the seller. As the identities of the seller and buyer are masked in double-blind shipments, it is the intermediary who has control over the consignment.

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