Customs Broker  What They Do

Just the Facts


Prepares customs documentation and ensures that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. Determines and tracks duties and taxes payable and processes payments on behalf of client. Signs documents under a power of attorney.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.


Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cargo Broker -- Buys and sells cargo space on ships on behalf of clients.
  • Customs Agent -- Enforces importing and exporting laws by examining luggage, shipments, ships, aircraft, people, cars and other vehicles for contraband.
  • Customs Entry Writer -- Responsible for coordination of the documentation required by US Customs and Border Protection for entry of goods into the US on behalf of importers.