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Customs Brokers

Also called: Customs Broker, Import Manager, Customs Compliance Director

What they do:
Prepare customs documentation and ensure that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. Determine and track duties and taxes payable and process payments on behalf of client. Sign documents under a power of attorney. Represent clients in meetings with customs officials and apply for duty refunds and tariff reclassifications. Coordinate transportation and storage of imported goods.
On the job, you would:
  • Classify goods according to tariff coding system.
  • Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures.
  • Pay, or arrange for payment of, taxes and duties on shipments.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Oracle software
Electronic mail software
  • Electronic data interchange EDI software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$66,090
per year, on average
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