The Export Agent facilitates the shipment of cargo via air and/or ocean transport. The Export Agent is responsible for receiving shipping instructions and following customer specific guidelines in the preparation and transmission of export transactions. This includes processes from booking through confirmation of shipping.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Take booking requests, ensure bookings are made at current and accurate rates, consolidate and route shipments based on local office procedures.
Communicate with carriers, origin and destination locations regarding shipment status, special handling and delivery processes.
Monitor and manage shipments until completion. Keep customers appraised to the export details of transactions in accordance with local office export operation procedures.
Ensure accuracy and completeness of export documentation - review and verify documentation and obtain any missing documentation from the customer.
Build relationships with all customers, other offices, overseas agents and service providers
Review standard operating procedures to ensure compliance, TSA, Iata DGD and IMDG.
May be responsible for special shipments involving perishables (live animals, cherries, etc.) and/or be in charge of special accounts.
Report anomalies in operations and new customer requirements to management for decisions on additional service requirements
In some locations, Export Agents may be required to load and unload trucks, use forklift, package and palletize cargo and complete other assigned warehouse and inventory tasks.
High School Diploma plus up to six months of related experience; an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Prior work experience in logistics/freight forwarding industry is preferred.
Competencies, Working Skills and Attributes:
Basic to intermediate experience using Windows operating system and Microsoft software applications is required
Must possess excellent customer service skills with the ability to grasp extensive knowledge while dealing with a variety of people.
Must have strong organizational and time management skills.