Profession import export specialist

Import export specialists have and apply deep knowledge of import and export goods including customs clearance and documentation. They declare goods that cross the border, inform customers about customs and give advice concerning disputes related to customs legislation. They prepare the documents needed and make sure they are delivered to customs. They check and process duty and make sure VAT payments are done as applicable.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

Personality Type

  • Conventional / Enterprising
  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Embargo regulations

    The national, international and foreign sanctions and embargo regulations, e.g. Council Regulation (EU) No 961/2010.

  • Value-added tax law

    Taxes imposed on the purchase prices of goods and the legislation that governs this activity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Create import-export commercial documentation

    Organise the completion of official documents such as letters of credit, shipping orders, and certificates of origin.

  • Have computer literacy

    Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.

  • Handle quotes from prospective shippers

    Evaluate the quotes fares and services offered from prospective transporters on the market.

  • Arrange customs documents

    Make sure goods have the proper documentation and information to pass customs.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Speak different languages

    Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

  • 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.

  • Ensure customs compliance

    Implement and monitor compliance with import and export requirements in order to avoid customs claims, supply chain interruption, increased overall costs.

  • Monitor merchandise delivery

    Follow up logistical organisation of products; ensure that products have been transported in a correct and timely fashion.

  • 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.

  • Manage import export licenses

    Ensure the effective issuing of permits and licenses in import and export processes.

  • Arrange customs inspection

    Contact customs in order to let them inspect the import or export goods. Make sure every shipment has the proper documentation and conform to legislation and regulations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Communicate with shipment forwarders

    Maintain a good flow of communication with shipper and freight forwarders, who ensure a correct delivery and distribution of goods.

  • Perform clerical duties

    Perform administrative tasks such as filing, typing up reports and maintaining mail correspondence.

  • Administer multi-modal logistics

    Manage the flow of products through multi-modal transportation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Apply for refunds

    Make inquiries at the supplier in order to return, exchange or refund goods.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

clothing and footwear products furniture, carpet and lighting equipment products agricultural raw materials, seeds and animal feed products agricultural equipment mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products office furniture products computer equipment waste and scrap products perform market research footwear industry machinery products types of coffee beans teamwork principles hardware, plumbing and heating equipment products coffee, tea, cocoa and spice products clothing industry food and beverage industry regulations for international transportation multimedia systems perform export of commodities meat and meat products flower and plant products hides, skins and leather products ict software specifications animal health rules of distribution of products of animal origin fish, crustacean and mollusc products textile products, textile semi-finished products and raw materials import export regulations of dangerous chemicals perfume and cosmetic products food hygiene rules household products types of aircraft metal and metal ore products office equipment pharmaceutical products wood products national regulations on handling cargo general principles of food law dairy and edible oil products glassware products chemical products tobacco products live animal products perform import of commodities sugar, chocolate and sugar confectionery products abide by business ethical code of conducts textile industry machinery products write work-related reports electronic and telecommunication equipment regulations on substances international regulations for cargo handling export regulations of dual-use goods types of maritime vessels communication principles beverage products fruit and vegetable products protective measures against the introduction of organisms machine tools construction products investigate manufacturing facilities export control principles electrical household appliances products apply regulations regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages industrial tools watches and jewellery products communicate with customers