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Importer, exporter and wholesaler

Importers, exporters and wholesalers manage the operations associated with importing and exporting materials as well as wholesale. They must have strong coordination and organisational abilities and work with multiple stakeholders.

Duties and tasks

  • Coordinate the shipping and collection process of products locally and internationally, working with multiple stakeholders and agents to transport and distribute goods
  • Create standard procedures for importing, exporting and distributing activities including planning and scheduling production and pricing
  • Examine importing and exporting customs and regulations to be followed as well as laws pertaining to the wholesale distribution of goods or produce
  • Keep an accurate record of all orders and operations, as well as transportation of supplies and produced items; prepare financial statements and reports on performance
  • Maintain relationships with suppliers and distributors ensuring quality and finding new partnerships and opportunities
  • Manage and appoint staff working in importing and exporting activities and distribution
  • Work with suppliers, staff and stakeholders to ensure quality of products, delivery schedule and negotiate costs

Skills required

  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Strong Leadership Abilities

Working conditions

Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers typically work Monday to Friday work weeks but may be required to work evenings or weekends during high distribution times or when shipments are scheduled. They typically work in an office setting as well as in warehouses and importing and exporting areas to oversee shipments and distribution operations.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

http://www.asic.gov.au/

The Australian Trade Commission

http://www.austrade.gov.au/

Related jobs and job titles

  • Customs Broker
  • Distribution and Sales Representative
  • Merchant Wholesaler
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative

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