Customs, ship and other brokers (NOC 1315)

About this job

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Customs, ship and other brokers:

  • clear goods through customs and to their destination on behalf of importer and exporter clients
  • buy and sell cargo space on ships and buy and sell ships, yachts and other watercraft on behalf of clients
  • includes brokers, not elsewhere classified, who negotiate commercial transactions or other services between parties on behalf of clients
  • work for customs, ship or other brokerage establishments
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • agent, customs clearance
  • agent, ship / ship line
  • broker, customs / customs house
  • consultant, customs
  • customs rater
  • shipbroker, chartered / designated
  • agent, customs clearance
  • agent, ship / ship line
  • broker, customs / customs house
  • broker, royalty
  • consultant, customs
  • customs rater

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$45,570

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Customs brokers:

  • prepare and process import/export documents and other forms on behalf of clients according to customs regulations, laws and procedures
  • sign import/export documents on behalf of client, using power of attorney
  • arrange for payment of duties, taxes, storage and transportation of imported goods and bonds to cover duty goods
  • estimate duty and tax rates on goods for clients
  • provide advice to clients on export and import restrictions, tariff systems, letters of credit, insurance requirements and other custom related matters
  • represent client before administrative courts or in other dealings with government officials

Ship brokers:

  • buy and sell cargo space on ships on behalf of individuals, companies and governments
  • consult trade publications and other sources to provide information to clients on available cargo space, destinations, rates, departure locations and times, and arrange ship charters for clients
  • negotiate rates and terms and prepare contracts and other papers
  • buy and sell ships, yachts and other watercraft on behalf of clients
  • inspect vessels, explain features and negotiate price when purchasing or selling for clients
  • arrange for insurance coverage for cargo or for ships
  • arrange for registration and licensing of ships

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • completion of secondary school is required
  • some post-secondary education in commerce or a related field may be required
  • Customs brokers require several years of on-the-job training and completion of a customs brokers training program through the International Federation of Customs Brokers Association
  • A customs broker licence, issued by the Canada Border Services Agency, is required for an individual or company to operate a customs brokerage business
  • Shipbrokers selling cargo space on ships usually require several years of on-the-job training or related experience such as shipping company scheduling experience. Shipbrokers selling watercraft usually require in-depth experience with, and knowledge of, various watercraft
  • Correspondence courses from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers are available for shipbrokers.

Skills

  • Clerical Ability
  • Directive
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Numerical Ability
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Social
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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
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Kootenay
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
740
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0.1%
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210
North Coast & Nechako
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Northeast
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Thompson-Okanagan
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Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
40
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Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is no mobility between the different types of brokers in this unit group.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.