Import-export clerk Import-export agent, shipping agent, importer-exporter
Import-export clerks ship goods to and from the UK by road, rail, air and sea.
1. Entry requirements
Employers will usually expect you to have at least 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths.
Some employers may ask for A levels, a foundation degree or a degree.
The ability to speak a second language may be useful.
You could get into this job through an international trade and logistics apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- excellent organisational ability
- IT skills
- communication skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- managing freight bookings using a computer system
- checking order, tax and customs documents are correct
- working closely with national and international suppliers and agents
- arranging freight deliveries and collections between ports, airports and warehouses
- handling invoices and payments
- keeping clients up to date with progress
- dealing with any problems or delays
Starter: £18,000 to £22,000
Experienced: £23,000 to £28,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000 or more (managers)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll work 35 to 40 hours a week.
You’ll be based in an office and spend a lot of your time on a computer, talking with clients, depots and suppliers.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience and by completing industry approved qualifications with professional bodies like the Institute of Export or The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, you could become an import-export manager, a specialist in international trade law, or overseas account manager.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018