As well as official qualifications, there are a range of other skills employers will look for when recruiting that will set candidates apart.
Since this role involves coordinating a variety of ocean imports and overseeing their journey from start to finish, good organizational skills are a must.
Successful candidates will be able to communicate effectively with members of the supply chain to ensure imports are processed promptly. From international shippers to ship captains, businesses, lawyers, foreign manufacturers and US federal agencies, there are many people involved in the import of good. As a result, candidates will need to have good written and verbal skills to excel in the field.
Processing ocean imports involves a range of administrative tasks, so computer literacy is highly sought-after in this role. A working knowledge of the full range of systems used in the freight forwarding and logistics industry will make a candidate highly desirable.
Coordinating imports for customers involves completing a range of different tasks within tight deadlines. That means someone who is able to keep calm under pressure and handle many tasks at once is likely to thrive.
Working independently and within a team is essential for an Ocean Import Specialist. They will have to liaise with a range of professionals in the field, and manage the processing of imports from start to finish. Once again, excellent communication skills are a must.
An understanding of the intricacies of US customs laws, regulations and procedures is essential for this role. Successful candidates will need to perform checks on shipments and enforce rules if required.