Customs brokers, acting under licences issued by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, provide professional assistance and advice on customs, quarantine and import and export matters.
Duties & Tasks
Customs brokers may perform the following tasks:
- provide information to importers on customs tariffs, including rates of duty and the methods of goods clearance
- receive, prepare and process import documents
- make reservations with shipping or airline companies for freight to be exported and arrange for the clearance of cargo (export declaration)
- work with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and other government authorities on the correct clearance of goods through customs and quarantine
- advise on tariff classifications, tariff concessions, appraisals and overseas trade enquiries.
A freight forwarder administers the carriage of goods on behalf of a shipping company. Their duties include arranging cargo space on a vessel, providing documentation and arranging customs clearance.
Customs brokers in small agencies may handle all aspects of the work, while in large agencies they may specialise in a specific area such as imports, exports or classifying. Customs brokers have a lot of contact with the public.
- good communication skills
- good at mathematics
- good memory
- high standard of personal integrity
- aptitude for working with computers
- good character, with no record of bankruptcy or criminal activity.