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What is the Journal Entry for Carriage Outwards?

Journal Entry for Carriage Outwards

Carriage outwards is essentially the delivery expense related to selling of goods. Usually it is an expense for the seller and is charged as a revenue expenditure with the help of a journal entry for carriage outwards.

The product may or may not be for resale, the word “Outwards” shows that the cost is incurred while the goods are being sold by the business i.e. they are going out of the business. It is also called freight-outwards or transporation-outwards.

Carriage OutwardsDebit
   To BankCredit

(Paying carriage outwards from bank account)


Profit and Loss AccountDebit
   To Carriage OutwardsCredit

(Carriage outwards being transferred to the profit and loss account)



A company pays 5,000 for carriage outwards via cheque along with total sales of 1,00,000. Show the journal entry for carriage outwards.

Carriage Outwards5,000
   To Bank5,000

(Paying 5000 as carriage outwards from bank account)


Profit and Loss Account5,000
   To Carriage Outwards5,000

(Carriage outwards of 5000 being transferred to the profit and loss account)


Carriage Outwards Shown in Financial Statements

Unlike carriage inwards which is a direct expense and shown in the trading account, carriage outwards is an indirect expense and shown as an operating item in the income statement.

In line with the accrual method of accounting the amount of carriage outwards shown in the income statement should be related to the sales made within the same accounting period.

Carriage outwards shown in financial statements


>Read Journal Entry for Carriage Inwards