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Prepare customs documentation and ensure that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. Determine and track duties and taxes payable and process payments on behalf of client. Sign documents under a power of attorney. Represent clients in meetings with customs officials and apply for duty refunds and tariff reclassifications. Coordinate transportation and storage of imported goods.

    Work Activities
    • Prepare and process import and export documentation according to customs regulations, laws, or procedures.
    • Clear goods through customs and to their destinations for clients.
    • Pay, or arrange for payment of, taxes and duties on shipments.
    • Calculate duty and tariff payments owed on shipments.
    • Request or compile necessary import documentation, such as customs invoices, certificates of origin, and cargo-control documents.
    • Classify goods according to tariff coding system.
    • Sign documents on behalf of clients, using powers of attorney.
    • Stay abreast of changes in import or export laws or regulations by reading current literature, attending meetings or conferences, or conferring with colleagues.
    • Advise customers on import and export restrictions, tariff systems, insurance requirements, quotas, or other customs-related matters.
    • Post bonds for the products being imported or assist clients in obtaining bonds.
    • Quote duty and tax rates on goods to be imported, based on federal tariffs and excise taxes.
    • Arrange for transportation, warehousing, or product distribution of imported or exported products.
    • Monitor or trace the location of goods.
    • Confer with officials in various agencies to facilitate clearance of goods through customs and quarantine.
    • Inform importers and exporters of steps to reduce duties and taxes.
    • Obtain line releases for frequent shippers of low-risk commodities, high-volume entries, or multiple-container loads.
    • Provide advice on transportation options, types of carriers, or shipping routes.
    • Contract with freight forwarders for destination services.
    • Apply for tariff concessions or for duty drawbacks and other refunds.
    • Insure cargo against loss, damage, or pilferage.
    • Prepare papers for shippers to appeal duty charges.
    • Suggest best methods of packaging or labeling products.
    • Maintain relationships with customs brokers in other ports to expedite clearing of cargo.
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    • Ohio Hourly Wage $33.81/hr
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