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Customs Brokers - 13-1041.08

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Corporate Licensed Broker
  • Customs Broker

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Advise others on financial matters.
  • Advise others on legal or regulatory compliance matters.
  • Advise others on logistics topics.
  • Calculate data to inform organizational operations.
  • Coordinate logistics or other business operations.
  • Coordinate regulatory documentation activities.
  • Develop business relationships.
  • Estimate costs of goods or services.
  • Examine product information to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Monitor inventories of products or materials.
  • Negotiate contracts with clients or service providers.
  • Obtain documentation to authorize activities.
  • Oversee business processes.
  • Pay charges, fees, or taxes.
  • Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare regulatory or compliance documentation.
  • Submit financial applications.
  • Update knowledge of legal or regulatory environments.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Transportation (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Operations Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Operations Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Operations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Operations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Operations Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Operations Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Transportation Management Coordinator (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Operations Assistant

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Customs Broker