Party who is to receive good; usually the buyer. One to whom a consignment is made.
When the goods consigned to him are his own and they have been ordered to be sent they are at his risk the moment the consignment is made according to his direction; and the persons employed in the transmission of the goods are his agents. When the goods are not his own, if he accept the consignment he is bound to pursue the instructions of the consignor; as if the goods be consigned upon condition that the consignee will accept the consignor's bills, he is bound to accept them.
It is usual in bills of lading to state that the goods are to be delivered to the consignee or his assigns, he or they paying freight; in such case the consignee or his assigns, by accepting the goods, by implication become bound to pay the freight.
When a person acts publicly as a consignee there is an implied engagement on his part that he will be vigilant in receiving goods consigned to his care, so as to make him responsible for any loss which the owner may sustain in consequence of his neglect.