Job description of import/export document coordinator

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Job description of import/export document coordinator
Students interested in becoming import/export coordinators should study business in college. (business 3 image by Nathalie P from

As globalisation expands, so does the need for import/export coordinators, as businesses that trade goods with other countries require them. Import/export coordinators act as middlemen between sales groups and customers, both national and international. Import/export coordinators work in a variety of industries.


Import/export coordinators arrange shipments, prepare and approve orders, manage pricing information and release invoices. They send documentation that coincides with shipments and importation and are responsible for maximising space capacity and coordinating schedules with the warehouse. They interact with customers, manage their personal staff and coordinate with other teams.

Import/export coordinators may have to manage the traffic department and traffic coordinators. They must spot export compliance risks and come up with risk assessment measures.

Import/export coordinators must be up-to-date on regulatory changes and adapt appropriately. They are responsible for reducing costs as well, and they negotiate freight rates. Import/export coordinators are also responsible for warehouse inventory.


Import/export coordinators need to effectively communicate with salespeople, retailers and distributors to ensure that trading is carried out smoothly. They're expected to have strong communication, telephone and organizational skills, and at least basic computer skills. Personable, professional people make excellent import/export coordinators.


Import/export coordinators should hold a bachelor's degree in business. Courses in business, such as management, documentation and global business, are beneficial. Students who are interested in becoming import/export coordinators should choose a college or university that offers business programs, specifically business economics or international economics programs. Studying a second language and becoming fluent also is beneficial to a career as an import/export coordinator.


Import/export coordinators need to be up to date on the procedures for receiving and delivering goods both nationally and internationally. They should have knowledge of world economy and customs documentation. Import/export coordinators should be familiar with United States export and customs policies regarding nuclear products. At least two years of experience in import and export regulations is a plus. Bilingual coordinators are in high demand since a lot of interaction is international.


Import/export coordinators earn £19,500 to £26,000 annually. Salary is dependent upon location. Coastal cities don't have a higher demand for import/export coordinators since both national and international companies can coordinate shipments from anywhere in the world.

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