By Gladys Mae
Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.
A career in the import-export industry can offer exciting and fulfilling opportunities. But it can also be very busy.
The industry deals with the exchange of goods and services between countries, importing and exporting items such as machines, technology and vehicles, mineral fuels like oil, and commodities like plastics. And if you work as an import-export agent, you have to manage shipments and logistics, comply with import-export regulations, provide customer service, and more.
To help you decide whether pursuing a career in the import-export industry is right for you, here are the pros and cons.
You can work with companies from all around the world, including large multinationals that produce and sell branded goods (for example, apparel, footwear, furniture, cars, and tech gadgets). You’ll also be able to work with various truckers, airlines, steamship lines, and other vendors that have global brands.
The import-export industry is a global network that delivers products worldwide via sea or air freight. This gives you the opportunity to travel around the world on a regular basis, including to America, Europe, Australia and Asia. An import-export company might also have branches in other countries that you can visit as part of your job.
In this industry, you’ll find international trade companies importing or exporting goods every day. You have people developing, delivering or receiving the products, tracking shipments, or dealing with regulations, problems, and customers. This means there’s always work that needs to be done, making it easy for you to enter the industry.
Apart from an import-export agent, there are other jobs available for those looking to work in the import-export industry. These include:
If you love working on the computer, then getting a job as an import-export agent is perfect for you. Here are some of the things you’ll need to do on the computer:
Free trade agreements between countries allow them to increase international trade. For example, the North American Free Trade Agreement eliminates tariffs between the USA, Canada and Mexico, allowing the three countries to freely trade with each other.
The import-export industry is fast-paced and there’s a lot of work to get done. For example, an import-export agent has to do the following tasks:
There are lots of people you have to deal with when working in the import-export industry. For example, you have to:
Trade restrictions such as tariffs, government subsidies to domestic industries, and anti-dumping legislation are implemented by some countries as protectionist measures, but they result in:
Like all careers, a job in the import-export industry has its cons, but the pros far outweigh them. Being a fast-paced industry, it can feel overwhelming at first, but with a bit of patience and practice, it can become an exhilarating and exciting industry to work in.
If you’re interested in working in this industry, check out our Import-Export course today.