Customs Brokers
SOC: 13-1199.03

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
998,000 employed

Projected (2024):
1,046,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Export Agent
  • Air Export Operations Agent
  • Cargo Broker
  • Customs Agent
  • Customs Broker
  • Customs Brokerage Agent
  • Customs Compliance Analyst
  • Customs Compliance Director
  • Customs Compliance Manager
  • Customs Consultant
  • Customs Entry Writer
  • Customs House Broker
  • Export Administrator
  • Export Agent
  • Export Manager
  • Exporter
  • Import Coordinator
  • Import Customer Service Manager
  • Import Export Manager
  • Import Manager
  • Import-Export Agent
  • Import/Export Administrator
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Import/Export Specialist
  • Importer
  • Importer Exporter
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Licensed Customs Broker
  • Ocean Export Account Manager
  • Ocean Export Agent
  • Ocean Import Representative
  • Trade Facilitator


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Sign documents on behalf of clients, using powers of attorney.
  • Provide advice on transportation options, types of carriers, or shipping routes.
  • Post bonds for the products being imported or assist clients in obtaining bonds.
  • Insure cargo against loss, damage, or pilferage.
  • Obtain line releases for frequent shippers of low-risk commodities, high-volume entries, or multiple-container loads.
  • Contract with freight forwarders for destination services.
  • Arrange for transportation, warehousing, or product distribution of imported or exported products.
  • Suggest best methods of packaging or labeling products.
  • Request or compile necessary import documentation, such as customs invoices, certificates of origin, and cargo-control documents.
  • Stay abreast of changes in import or export laws or regulations by reading current literature, attending meetings or conferences, or conferring with colleagues.
  • Quote duty and tax rates on goods to be imported, based on federal tariffs and excise taxes.
  • Prepare papers for shippers to appeal duty charges.
  • Pay, or arrange for payment of, taxes and duties on shipments.
  • Monitor or trace the location of goods.
  • Maintain relationships with customs brokers in other ports to expedite clearing of cargo.
  • Inform importers and exporters of steps to reduce duties and taxes.
  • Confer with officials in various agencies to facilitate clearance of goods through customs and quarantine.
  • Classify goods according to tariff coding system.
  • Calculate duty and tariff payments owed on shipments.
  • Apply for tariff concessions or for duty drawbacks and other refunds.
  • Advise customers on import and export restrictions, tariff systems, insurance requirements, quotas, or other customs-related matters.
  • Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures.
  • Clear goods through customs and to their destinations for clients.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Multiline telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Automated commercial environment software ACE
  • Automated system for customs data ASYCUDA
  • Customs records databases
  • Electronic data interchange EDI software
  • Materials requirements planning MRP software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Optical character reader OCR software
  • Oracle software
  • Parts classification databases
  • SAP Customs Management
  • SAP software
  • Tariff databases
  • Web browser software


  • business and financial operations


    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800