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Importer or exporter

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

Tasks

  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 20% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£24,804

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for importer or exporter is £24,804

156 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 156. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for importer or exporter roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £24,804 per year. That is about £2,067 per month or £12.72 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,076, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,734

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 156 people are employed in the region.

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