Transport clerks check the contents and related documents of freight goods. They tally and record the consignment and destination details of articles, containers and passengers. They also make freight or transport bookings, as well as related arrangements.
Duties & Tasks
Transport clerks may perform the following tasks:check the number of articles or containers in consignments of goods received or dispatched
make sure articles are in good condition and correspond to invoices, manifests or other records
arrange internal distribution of goods received
prepare and attach documentation to articles to be dispatched
make sure clearance procedures (such as payment of any customs entry fees or duties) are carried out
dispatch goods and arrange delivery promptly on arrival
spend time packing and unpacking goods in warehouses
drive between wharves, container terminals, airports and government departments
weigh and calculate cubic dimensions of items
contact senders to fix shortages and arrange replacement of damaged goods
maintain records of receipts and dispatches
undertake clerical work such as filing, accounting, updating customs records, preparing correspondence and inputting and retrieving information from computers.
Transport clerks who work for large organisations may work alongside other clerks in city offices. However, import/export firms often employ only one transport clerk who works in a small office.
good communication skills
good organisation skills
able to work neatly and accurately
able to learn to use electronic trading systems.