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Importers or Exporters manage the operations of importing or exporting establishments.


  • identifies local and overseas business opportunities
  • develops and implements business plans, as well as the policies and procedures for marketing, operating, human resource, pricing and credit
  • determines the mix of products and services to be provided and negotiates conditions of trade
  • liaises with local and overseas suppliers and distributors about orders and products
  • researches regulatory and statutory requirements affecting the importing, exporting, wholesaling and distribution of goods
  • monitors business performance and prepares the estimates, financial statements and reports of operations.


  • stressful.

To become an Importer and Exporter

  • You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in commerce to work as an Importer or Exporter. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Take a Certificate IV in Business (Procurement)

Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • Freight Forwarding

  • Invoicing

  • Electronic Data Interchange

  • Customer Service

  • Time Management

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