Customs Broker/Freight Forwarder Kaiwhakawhiti Taupare/Utanga

Customs brokers and freight forwarders arrange the clearance (through customs) and collection of imported cargo, and the shipment of cargo for export.

Customs brokers and freight forwarders may do some or all of the following:

  • find the most appropriate and cost-effective way of moving goods
  • check import/export documents and clear goods through customs
  • arrange insurance for goods, and the payment of duties and taxes
  • classify goods into different tariff groups by using an international tariff-coding system
  • document cargo and complete relevant paperwork for submission to customs
  • communicate with transport companies and record the movement of goods while they are in transit.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for customs brokers and freight forwarders includes:

  • working for a shipping line or importer/exporter
  • work in customs
  • courier work
  • office or accounts work
  • warehouse and stores work.

Personal Qualities

Customs brokers/freight forwarders need to be:

  • accurate and well organised
  • inquiring and willing to learn while they are working
  • able to work well under pressure and make decisions quickly
  • good communicators
  • able to gain people's trust and keep information private.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for customs brokers and freight forwarders includes:

  • working for a shipping line or importer/exporter
  • work in customs
  • courier work
  • office or accounts work
  • warehouse and stores work.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a customs broker or freight forwarder. However, NCEA Level 3, business studies, English and maths are useful.

Customs Broker/Freight Forwarders can earn around $39K-$90K per year per year.

Customs brokers and freight forwarders may progress into management positions.

Customs brokers and freight forwarders often specialise in either importing or exporting. They may also specialise in a type of freight such as air or sea freight.

Customs Broker/Freight Forwarder

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