Brokers are necessary to the success of any business that imports or exports goods. To be successful, they must develop a reputation for integrity, knowledge, and positive work ethic. The field is stressful and fast-paced. The broker has to stay updated on the latest changes and integrate those changes rapidly to prevent clients from suffering cargo holds, penalties, and other negative impacts.
Most training is done on the job. However, having a bachelor’s degree in a related field is usually the key to getting an entry-level position with a customs house. A degree in a field such as business, supply chain management, or transportation helps the trainee understand the concepts involved. Once the trainee understands the process, he or she will take a licensing exam. Not every country requires brokers to be licensed, but the license does serve as proof that the broker is prepared to navigate the customs system effectively.
What are Customs Brokers like?
Based on our pool of users, customs brokers tend to be predominately enterprising people.
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Customs Brokers by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 43 Sokanu users
Education History of Customs Brokers
The most common degree held by customs brokers is International Business.
7% of customs brokers had a degree in international business before becoming customs brokers. That is over 8 times the average across all careers.
Psychology graduates are the second most common among customs brokers, representing 7% of customs brokers in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.1 times the average.
Customs Broker Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Customs Broker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.