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What to Know about Becoming a Customs Broker

by Devon Griffin

You may be considering a career as customs broker, but have no idea where to start or what you need to know. There are several aspects of this career choice that can be confusing. There are some things you need to consider before jumping in. Here are a few of those key points and what you need to know about each one.

Types of Customs Broker

The first thing you have to figure out about becoming a customs broker is what type of broker you want to be. There are three options. You can go into corporate customs brokering, become a  sole trader, or become a nominee. A corporate customs broker works with major corporations in a brokerage department and does not act as a freelance broker or outside of the confines of their corporation. A sole trader is someone who handles their own brokerage and works as a third party between two businesses on brokerages and accounts. A nominee works underneath corporate brokers or sole traders and may work with multiple clients at any given time.

Education

Once you decide the type of customs brokering you want to go into as your career choice, you need to consider the education path. If you have had experience as a customs broker, you may be able to avoid courses or a Diploma of Customs Brokering course by submitting paperwork for a Recognition of Prior Learning certificate. This will test you out of the Diploma of Customs Brokering if your scores are high enough.

If you have had no experience, you will need to find a local Diploma of Customs Brokering course and take the courses required. Upon completion of the course, you will then be able to sit for the exam. If you have already taken the course, but it has been several years, you may still be able to use that prior certification. You will need to contact the National Customs Brokers Licensing Advisory Committee to locate your records and have them evaluated.

Work Experience

Something to consider is your work experience. You will need to have some kind of background in the field. You can gain this through internships or small jobs within the industry that will combine with your completed education. This will give you the resume and educational background you need to land a job as a customs broker.

These are just a few of the considerations regarding becoming a customs broker. For more information, fees for courses, and possible work experience contact your local Diploma of Customs Brokering course advisor.

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