Customs compliance specialists work primarily for government agencies and sometimes for private companies, and they are responsible for ensuring that all imports and exports comply with federal and international regulatory laws. All products and services must be reviewed, and any necessary corrections must be made to meet imposed standards. Violations should also be referred to the appropriate agencies in a timely manner.
These specialists often train their staff and are considered confidential contacts for any concerns that may arise, and must have vast knowledge of supply chain operations, international trade regulations, and the global trade compliance network. They may often work with other departments within their companies, such as agriculture or food/drug, to ensure that all standards are met. They also mediate between customer service and research and regulatory departments and work in trade logistics to ensure that demands of customers and law ordinances are met.
A bachelor's degree may be a minimum requirement for this position, and a master's degree in business administration is generally required for those pursuing a management position. Those with a U.S. Customs Broker's license, which requires a payment fee and completion of an exam, may be preferred by some employers. Customs compliance specialists usually maintain some communication with the U.S. Border and Customs Protection, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, and Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Customs Compliance Specialist Tasks
Train staff on customs compliance issues and act as a confidential contact for concerns.
Analyze associated customs documentation and policies for regulatory compliance.
Review and enforce goods classifications and associated tariff codes.
Report customs regulation violations to appropriate agencies.