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Import/Export Customs Broker

Overview: Export agents direct the sales and services to foreign countries for their business organization. They negotiate prices and contracts with their foreign customers and arrange for foreign language product documents. They decide currency conversion, shipping arrangements, and export licenses.
Duties: They manage overseas business transactions for their organization including all sales and services in foreign countries. Conduct negotiations regarding prices, contract terms and conditions.

They arrange & supply foreign language translations for product and services documentation. They assure the products and services are compatible with the foreign country's technology and culture.

They administer all phases of currency conversions, shipping and export licenses needed to sell the products and services in a foreign country.

Monitor the financial stability and taxes that must be added to products in foreign countries where business is being transacted. They adjust prices based on foreign currency exchange rates.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Accounting 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of export agents is expected to show little or no change through 2018.
Salary Range (National Average): $33,000 to $38,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing is the usual required educational background for entry positions in this occupation. Courses in international business, banking, business contracts and computer applications are essential. A knowledge of foreign languages is helpful.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.