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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.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 13-1199.03
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Customs Brokers”.
Also Known As…
- Customs Brokers
- Import Manager
- Customs Compliance Director
- Customs Broker
- Trade Facilitator
- Ocean Import Representative
- Ocean Export Agent
- Ocean Export Account Manager
- Licensed Customs Broker
- International Trade Specialist
- Importer Exporter
- Import/Export Specialist
- Import/Export Administrator
- Import-Export Agent
- Import Export Manager
- Import Customer Service Manager
- Import Coordinator
- Export Manager
- Export Agent
- Export Administrator
- Customs House Broker
- Customs Entry Writer
- Customs Consultant
- Customs Compliance Manager
- Customs Compliance Analyst
- Customs Brokerage Agent
- Customs Agent
- Cargo Broker
- Air Export Operations Agent
- Air Export Agent
Tasks for “Import/Export Agent”
- Pay, or arrange for payment of, taxes and duties on shipments.
- Advise customers on import and export restrictions, tariff systems, insurance requirements, quotas, or other customs-related matters.
- Obtain line releases for frequent shippers of low-risk commodities, high-volume entries, or multiple-container loads.
- Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures.
- Post bonds for the products being imported or assist clients in obtaining bonds.
- Insure cargo against loss, damage, or pilferage.
- Calculate duty and tariff payments owed on shipments.
- Inform importers and exporters of steps to reduce duties and taxes.
- Prepare papers for shippers to appeal duty charges.
- Contract with freight forwarders for destination services.
- Confer with officials in various agencies to facilitate clearance of goods through customs and quarantine.
- Sign documents on behalf of clients, using powers of attorney.
- Arrange for transportation, warehousing, or product distribution of imported or exported products.
- Classify goods according to tariff coding system.
- Request or compile necessary import documentation, such as customs invoices, certificates of origin, and cargo-control documents.
- Quote duty and tax rates on goods to be imported, based on federal tariffs and excise taxes.
- Suggest best methods of packaging or labeling products.
- Provide advice on transportation options, types of carriers, or shipping routes.
- Maintain relationships with customs brokers in other ports to expedite clearing of cargo.
- Apply for tariff concessions or for duty drawbacks and other refunds.
- Clear goods through customs and to their destinations for clients.
- Stay abreast of changes in import or export laws or regulations by reading current literature, attending meetings or conferences, or conferring with colleagues.
- Monitor or trace the location of goods.
Related Technology & Tools
- Desktop computers
- Laser facsimile machines
- Personal computers
- Tablet computers
- Multiline telephone systems
- Computer data input scanners
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Access
- Automated commercial environment software ACE
- Customs records databases
- Electronic data interchange EDI software
- Microsoft Office
- Materials requirement planning MRP software
- Web browser software
- Optical character reader OCR software
- Microsoft Outlook
- Parts classification databases
- SAP Customs Management
- Tariff databases
- Automated system for customs data ASYCUDA