Importers and Exporters

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


New workers
£ 16,683
£ 31,211
£ 59,427

Available jobs

In the past year there were 6,877 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Advises home and overseas producers on the likely future demand for their goods.

  • Carries out customs clearance procedures for imports, arranges their storage and delivery and sells them personally or through a commodity broker.

  • Arranges for shipment of commodities overseas and ensures that insurance and export licences are in order.

  • Obtains orders from buyers and arranges payment by bill of exchange, letter of credit or other means.

  • Investigates and evaluates home and overseas demand for particular commodities.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Customs Broking

  • Freight Forwarding

  • Invoicing

  • Data Import/Export

  • Warehousing

  • Booking (Sales)

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Customs Declarations

  • Customs Procedures

  • Auditing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Customer Service

  • Detail Oriented

  • Operations

  • Sales

  • Management

  • English Language

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Computer Literacy

  • Problem Solving

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.