Importers and Exporters

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


New workers

New workers start around £18,515. Normal pay is £30,433 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £47,834.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 8,573 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

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 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

  • Invoicing

  • Freight Forwarding

  • Warehousing

  • Data Import/Export

  • Customs Declarations

  • Auditing

  • Customs Procedures

  • Customs Regulations

  • Supply Chain

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.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • English Language

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Computer Literacy

  • Organizational Skills

  • 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.