Customs brokers, acting under licences issued by the Australian Border Force, provide professional assistance and advice about customs, quarantine and import and export matters. Customs brokers provide advice to clients about a range of international trade matters including customs clearance, quarantine and biosecurity restrictions, trade mark requirements, indirect tax obligations and other import and export matters.
Duties & Tasks
Customs brokers may perform the following tasks:provide information to importers about 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 Border Force 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.
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
high standard of personal integrity
aptitude for working with computers
good character, with no record of bankruptcy or criminal activity.