Importers and exporters

£30,680

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

42

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.47%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Importers and exporters buy commodities from overseas for the home market and sell home-produced commodities to overseas markets.

Qualifications

Entry does not depend on academic qualifications although some employers require candidates to have a degree or equivalent qualification. Some posts require candidates to have knowledge of a foreign language. Professional qualifications are available. Entrance to professional examinations requires GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades or equivalent qualifications.

Typical tasks

  • investigates and evaluates home and overseas demand for particular commodities;
  • obtains orders from buyers and arranges payment by bill of exchange, letter of credit or other means;
  • arranges for shipment of commodities overseas and ensures that insurance and export licences are in order;
  • carries out customs clearance procedures for imports, arranges their storage and delivery and sells them personally or through a commodity broker;
  • advises home and overseas producers on the likely future demand for their goods.

Common job titles

Agent, import-export
Agent, ship's
Importer
Officer, export and import
Shipper (wholesale trade)
Supervisor, export-import
Consultant, export
Officer, export
Agent, export
Controller, export
Agent, shipping
Coordinator, export
Executive, import
Importer-exporter
Agent, import
Exporter