Import Specialist Salary
Average Import Specialists in the United States make around $45K per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm are driving factors as well. The majority of Import Specialists (63 percent) who took the survey are female. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Import Specialists is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
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
- Coordinate and facilitate with contractors, shippers, clients and carriers.
- Build and maintain relationships with vendors, federal agencies and shippers.
- Create monthly and annual reports and documentation.
- Troubleshoot and resolve shipping, quality and regulation problems.
- Track data about shipments, facilities, brokers, clients and compliance.
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Import Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $38K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Import Specialists make a median salary of $48K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.
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