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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
- Ocean Import Representative
- Ocean Export Agent
- Ocean Export Account Manager
- Licensed Customs Broker
- International Trade Specialist
- Importer Exporter
- Import/Export Specialist
- Import/Export Agent
- 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 “Trade Facilitator”
- Post bonds for the products being imported or assist clients in obtaining bonds.
- Arrange for transportation, warehousing, or product distribution of imported or exported products.
- Monitor or trace the location of goods.
- Request or compile necessary import documentation, such as customs invoices, certificates of origin, and cargo-control documents.
- Suggest best methods of packaging or labeling products.
- Sign documents on behalf of clients, using powers of attorney.
- Confer with officials in various agencies to facilitate clearance of goods through customs and quarantine.
- Classify goods according to tariff coding system.
- Insure cargo against loss, damage, or pilferage.
- 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.
- Obtain line releases for frequent shippers of low-risk commodities, high-volume entries, or multiple-container loads.
- Contract with freight forwarders for destination services.
- Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures.
- Prepare papers for shippers to appeal duty charges.
- Advise customers on import and export restrictions, tariff systems, insurance requirements, quotas, or other customs-related matters.
- Provide advice on transportation options, types of carriers, or shipping routes.
- Pay, or arrange for payment of, taxes and duties on shipments.
- Calculate duty and tariff payments owed on shipments.
- Quote duty and tax rates on goods to be imported, based on federal tariffs and excise taxes.
- Maintain relationships with customs brokers in other ports to expedite clearing of cargo.
- Inform importers and exporters of steps to reduce duties and taxes.
Related Technology & Tools
- Laser facsimile machines
- Tablet computers
- Computer data input scanners
- Desktop computers
- Multiline telephone systems
- Personal computers
- Materials requirement planning MRP software
- Microsoft Excel
- Customs records databases
- Optical character reader OCR software
- Automated system for customs data ASYCUDA
- Microsoft Outlook
- Tariff databases
- Web browser software
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Electronic data interchange EDI software
- Microsoft Word
- Parts classification databases
- SAP Customs Management
- Microsoft Office
- Automated commercial environment software ACE
- Microsoft Access