Customs, ship and other brokers (NOC 1315)

About this job

Customs, ships and other brokers clear goods through customs and to their destination on behalf of importer and exporter clients. On behalf of clients, they also:

  • buy and sell cargo space on ships
  • buy and sell ships, yachts and other watercraft

This occupational group includes brokers, not elsewhere classified, who negotiate commercial transactions or other services between parties on behalf of clients.

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People in this career group may be self-employed or work for customs, ship or other brokerage companies.

Common job titles
  • agent, customs clearance
  • agent, ship / ship line
  • broker, customs / customs house
  • broker, royalty
  • consultant, customs
  • customs rater


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.

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.