An Import Clerk works to manage and oversee imported goods into a country. Roles involve charging, costing and arranging the movement of goods and flow of paperwork to ensure Customs clearances are obtained quickly and deliveries are made in good time.
An Import Clerk may work with imports that are shipped using sea, air and/or road freight. They will generally be responsible for managing the full import process for a shipment, from start to finish. They will liaise with overseas offices, partners and agents.
What does an Import Clerk job description include?
- An Import Clerk will work for a freight forwarder/agent or directly for an importer who is based in the country where goods are being delivered.
- As an Import Clerk you will be part of a team of people who are responsible for the movement of goods from another country, ensuring the transit and delivery is made on time. This means that you will liaise regularly with overseas offices, partners or agents.
- You will be responsible for arranging and completing all associated paperwork, which documents the nature of the goods being imported from abroad and that they are legal and legitimate.
- Imports are generally subject to import quotas, tariffs, trade agreements and HM Revenue and Customs regulations, so your role will involve checking all is in order in this respect.
- Import Clerks are responsible for costing jobs and ensuring maximum profitability for their organisation.
- Depending on the size of the organisation, you may be required to check goods in as they arrive against paperwork to ensure all goods ordered are accounted for.
- An Import Clerk job requires establishing contacts and relationships with HM Customs to ensure efficient transfer of goods through the legal process.
- The role involves being able to manage deadlines and some times difficult situations, therefore an element of negotiation is required in order to be able to meet timescales.
Key skills and qualifications:
- Previous experience is preferable, but a background in administration may be acceptable.
- The role is suited to someone who has strong administrative skills and is very organised.
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal, is important.
- AVSEC/ dangerous goods training is desirable.
- Working as an Import Clerk, knowledge or experience in the following areas is desirable: air, road or ocean movements, security training, such as Aviation Security, customs documentation and procedures, warehouse, office and transport procedures, shipping and flight schedules, freight tariffs and rates, ability to raise and complete documentation
- The role would suit someone who is outgoing and friendly, and commercially aware.
- Good numeric skills are required.
- Must be familiar with computer software programs eg Microsoft Office, Excel, etc.
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