Import/export analysts are responsible for arranging communications and shipments between a sales group and its customers and are employed by a variety of companies which distribute products. These analysts generally work in office settings during traditional business hours, though shifts may vary depending on the employer. They may work either independently or on teams within their company's shipping department, as well.
A bachelor’s degree in business, business administration, or a related field is generally required for this position, and specialized courses pertaining to domestic/international shipping, global business management, and global documentation may be required. Some employers may prefer applicants who are fluent in two or more languages, especially if they have a large number of international clients.
Import/export analysts may have a variety of responsibilities, including: arranging communications between sales departments and national/international customers; arranging shipments of goods; preparing and confirming orders; handling pricing information; releasing invoices; collaborating with distributors and salespersons; maintaining an understanding of the global economy and up-to-date computer skills; and managing a team of import/export professionals.
Applicants for this position should be highly analytical, organized, and attentive to detail, and strong communication and leadership skills are also important.
Import/Export Analyst Tasks
Analyze import/export processes to determine methods for improving efficiency and reducing costs.
Classify goods being imported/exported according to customs guidelines and obtain import/export licenses.
Make sure imported/exported goods comply with government regulations.
Coordinate with logistics personnel, customs officers, and clients to ensure goods arrive on time.