Profession import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
Import export specialists in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices have and apply deep knowledge of import and export goods including customs clearance and documentation.
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- International import export regulations
Know the principles that govern the import and export of products and equipment, trade restrictions, health and safety measures, licenses, etc.
- General principles of food law
The national and international legal rules and requirements applied in the food industry.
- Coffee, tea, cocoa and spice products
The offered coffee, tea, cocoa and spice products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.
- Food hygiene rules
The set of national and international regulations for hygiene of foodstuffs and food safety, e.g. regulation (EC) 852/2004.
- Embargo regulations
The national, international and foreign sanctions and embargo regulations, e.g. Council Regulation (EU) No 961/2010.
- Types of coffee beans
Most known coffee types, Arabica and Robusta, and the cultivars under each one of those types.
- International commercial transactions rules
Pre-defined commercial terms used in international commercial transactions which stipulate clear tasks, costs and risks associated with the delivery of goods and services.
- Protective measures against the introduction of organisms
The national and international protective measures against the introduction of organisms, e.g. Council Directive 2000/29/EC, on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.
- Regulations on substances
The national and international regulations on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, e.g. regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.
- Have computer literacy
Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.
- Ensure customs compliance
Implement and monitor compliance with import and export requirements in order to avoid customs claims, supply chain interruption, increased overall costs.
- Administer multi-modal logistics
Manage the flow of products through multi-modal transportation.
- Speak different languages
Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.
- Communicate with shipment forwarders
Maintain a good flow of communication with shipper and freight forwarders, who ensure a correct delivery and distribution of goods.
- Meet deadlines
Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.
- Create import-export commercial documentation
Organise the completion of official documents such as letters of credit, shipping orders, and certificates of origin.
- Monitor merchandise delivery
Follow up logistical organisation of products; ensure that products have been transported in a correct and timely fashion.
- Handle carriers
Organise the transportation system through which a product is conveyed to its buyer, through which a product is sourced from a supplier, including customs.
- File claims with insurance companies
File a factual request to an insurance company in case a problem occurs which is covered under an insurance policy.
- Build rapport with people from different cultural backgrounds
Understand and create a link with people from different cultures, countries, and ideologies without judgements or preconceptions.
- Apply conflict management
Take ownership of the handling of all complaints and disputes showing empathy and understanding to achieve resolution. To be fully aware of all Social Responsibility protocols and procedures, and to be able to deal with a problem gambling situation in a professional manner with maturity and empathy.
- Apply import strategies
Follow and implement strategies for importing according to the size of the company, the nature of its products, the available expertise, and business conditions on the international markets. These strategies include procedural and strategic issues and involve the use of customs agencies or brokers.
- Plan transport operations
Plan mobility and transport for different departments, in order to obtain the best possible movement of equipment and materials. Negotiate the best possible delivery rates; compare different bids and select the most reliable and cost-effective bid.
- Handle quotes from prospective shippers
Evaluate the quotes fares and services offered from prospective transporters on the market.
- Create solutions to problems
Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.
- Apply export strategies
Follow and implement strategies according to the size of the company and possible advantages towards the international market. Set goals to export products or commodities to the market, in order to minimize risks for potential buyers.