As the global marketplace begins to grow in terms of speed and access, the reliability of transportation services to deliver products across the world is increasingly important. Logistics encompasses everything that deals with the transport and operations of goods and services.
As a logistics professional, you will integrate the services available from individual insurance agents, customs brokers, forwarding agents, and transportation carriers.
Each of these career opportunities counts on a specific set of skills and an in-depth knowledge of every step of the transportation process. This work requires detailed familiarity with insurance, transportation and customs terminology, as well as all related documentation requirements.
Facilitate and coordinate the import and export of goods by preparing customs documentation and ensuring that shipments meet all applicable laws. You’ll determine duties, taxes payable, and process payments on behalf of your clients. You will represent your clients in meetings with customs officials, and apply for duty refunds and tariff reclassifications. A customs broker may be an individual or work for a company.
- Key to Success: Customs brokers manage the interface between the transportation company, the client, and the governments of the importing, exporting and transshipment countries, making strong interpersonal skills a must.
- Average Annual Salary: $52,000
Enforce customs and immigration laws and regulations. Postal inspectors check goods to make sure they are admissible and that all duties and taxes have been paid. Commercial inspectors are responsible for overseeing bulk goods brought in by freight trucks, trains, planes, ships, or couriers.
- Key to Success: If you are naturally curious, notice details, and have a good memory, you will make an excellent customs inspector. Since customs offices operate 24/7, you should also be able to adapt to variety in your work schedule.
- Average Annual Salary: $42,000
Corporate Logistics Manager
Logistics managers negotiate contracts with shipping companies and logistics providers and are responsible for the overall shipment management of incoming raw materials and outgoing finished products.
- Key to Success: Logistics managers are problem solvers so a capacity to deal effectively with a large number of details, even under pressure to meet shipping deadlines, is essential. Good interpersonal relationships with corporate managers and staff are also necessary, since the logistics function provides services throughout the organization.
- Average Annual Salary: $103,000
International Shipping Specialists
Arrange and coordinate international shipments and prepare all necessary documentation on behalf of exporters. Logistics companies that act as freight forwarders usually negotiate long-distance shipping with a variety of carriers, with the choice depending on the nature of the cargo and the destination, as well as time and cost constraints.
- Key to Success: An ability to learn quickly, use available resources, and seek out answers to questions is a strong requirement. There is a large amount of responsibility, even at junior levels, because the choice of routing has a large impact on profitability.
- Average Annual Salary: $46,000