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Job Description for Import Specialist

An import specialist detects, and helps prevent, violations of U.S. customs laws and import/export regulations and the entry of illegal drugs/products into the country. They also work to prevent weapons and weapon parts from entering the country.

Import specialists have a variety of daily responsibilities, including checking cargo manifests on computers, checking physical cargo at a dock or in a warehouse, and communicating with shipping- and freight-forwarders. They also work with businesses and foreign shippers to help them understand import and export policies. If goods have been seized, these specialists have the authority to explain why and issue penalties and fines, seize prohibited cargo, and participate in negotiations and legal prosecution.

Import specialists work with others in a range of professions, such as international shippers, freight forwarders, domestic and foreign manufactures, ship captains, small and large businesses, lawyers, law enforcement, and other U.S. federal agencies. They work at airports, seaports, and land borders all around the U.S. and Canada, as well.

To become an import specialist, you need to be a United States citizen with proof of residency and have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business, or Accounting, and three years of work experience. You will need to work well independently and as part of a team, and be able to pass a drug test and background check.
Import Specialist Tasks
  • Troubleshoot and resolve shipping, quality and regulation problems.
  • Track data about shipments, facilities, brokers, clients and compliance.
  • Create monthly and annual reports and documentation.
  • Coordinate and facilitate with contractors, shippers, clients and carriers.
  • Build and maintain relationships with vendors, federal agencies and shippers.

Key Stats

1-4 years
10-19 years

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