Freight forwarder Shipping clerk, import clerk, export clerk
Freight forwarders organise the transportation of goods and cargo around the UK and overseas.
1. Entry requirements
Many employers will expect you to have:
- 4 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths, or equivalent
- experience in office administration or transport
Good computer skills and ability in a foreign language will also be helpful.
You may be able to start on a graduate training scheme with a larger company if you have a degree in a relevant subject like transport and distribution or language and business.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- spoken and written communication skills
- maths skills
- excellent organisational and planning skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- arranging routes and schedules, and confirming details with carriers
- booking cargo space with carriers
- negotiating rates and arranging insurance
- calculating weight, volume and cost of goods to be moved
- preparing quotations and invoices
- clearing goods through customs and arranging for duties or taxes to be paid
- preparing contracts such as Letters of Credit
- tracking freight and keeping customers up to date with progress
Starter: £16,000 to £19,000
Experienced: £20,000 to 28,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You could work standard office hours, shifts, or flexible hours if you regularly deal with countries in different time zones.
You'll be office-based.
6. Career path and progression
With experience and training, you could become a senior freight account manager, business development officer or specialise in a particular type of work like sea freight.
You may also have the opportunity to work abroad, shipping freight back to the UK.
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Last updated: 21 August 2017