Customs Brokers

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Customs brokers help importers and exporters comply with federal regulations for imports and exports. They are knowledgeable about the import and export rules and regulations for the geographical locations where their clients' goods are being shipped from and delivered to. They file the required documentation and payments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on behalf of their clients. Customs brokers must be licensed, which entails a background examination and passing an exam. The CBP reports that there are 11,000 active licensed customs brokers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Track and document import or export shipments; complete and submit documents with customs; pay required customs fees on behalf of clients
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities located throughout the country, with most demand near major international airports and harbors
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Government
  • Mathematics
Experience Coursework; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Math
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must be 21 years old, of good moral character, not currently employed by the federal government, and pass background check
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Partner, Customs Brokerage Company
  • Experienced Customs Broker
  • Entry-level Customs Broker