A consignee is the person or company to whom materials or goods are going to be shipped. In the drafting of the laws of international trade, the consignee must show his or her identity to obtain the package or shipment. However, there are places where this law has no effect, such as Hong Kong, and as a precaution, most packages contain a consignee mark that can be used to identify the goods for a particular consignee. The consignee is fully responsible for the ship and the goods it delivers once it reaches its destination and can be fined for delaying shipment longer than the allotted amount of time in port.

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