Import Export Manager

Organize the shipment of products between countries.

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Salary Range
$47,000 – $133,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Import Export Managers do?

We live in a global economy. Whether it’s oil from the Middle East or pineapple from Hawaii, each area of the world relies on products from other parts of the planet. That’s why importing and exporting products is such a pivotal part of business.

It’s also why Import Export Managers are in demand. Import Export Managers coordinate shipments and handle all the details to make sure products arrive on time, in good condition, and within reasonable cost allowances.

As an Import Export Manager, you might own your own shipping company or work for a large corporation that relies on you to handle its international shipping needs. What’s involved in international shipping? Well, understanding the culture, regulations, and customs of the areas you ship to, for one. Because each country has different rules about the how, what, and when of imports/exports, you make sure to dot every “i” and cross every “t” so that there are no hang-ups at the border.

Your Import Export Manager title means that you spend a lot of time pushing papers. That’s a good thing, because without those papers, you wouldn’t have the right documentation to move the products. Sometimes, the transaction gets complicated, so you rely on the specialist skills of a Freight Forwarder or a Customs Broker. While you work out how to get the shipments out of one country and into another, you also analyze the competition, hire employees, study international regulations, solidify contracts with vendors, and continually build your customer base.


Should I be an Import Export Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Import Export Agent, Import Manager

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