NOC 1315 – Customs, ship and other brokers

 

  • broker, cargo
  • broker, customs house
  • broker, gas
  • broker, information customs
  • broker, oil lease
  • broker, yacht
  • cargo broker
  • chartered shipbroker
  • customs broker
  • customs clearance agent
  • customs consultant
  • customs house broker
  • customs information broker
  • designated shipbroker
  • gas broker
  • licensed customs broker
  • oil lease broker
  • qualified customs broker
  • royalty broker
  • ship agent
  • shipbroker
  • supply chain specialist – customs brokerage
  • yacht broker

Job Duties

Customs brokers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare and process import/export documents and other forms on behalf of clients according to customs regulations, laws and procedures
  • Sign import/export documents on behalf of client, using power of attorney
  • Arrange for payment of duties, taxes, storage and transportation of imported goods and bonds to cover duty goods
  • Quote duty and tax rates on commodities for clients
  • Provide advice to clients on export and import restrictions, tariff systems, letters of credit, insurance requirements and other custom related matters
  • May represent client before administrative tribunals or in other dealings with government officials.

Shipbrokers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Buy and sell cargo space on ships on behalf of individuals, companies and governments
  • Consult trade publications and other sources to provide information to clients on available cargo space, destinations, rates and departure locations and times, and arrange ship charters for clients
  • Negotiate rates and terms and prepare contracts and other papers
  • Buy and sell ships, yachts and other watercraft on behalf of clients
  • Inspect vessels, explain features and negotiate price when purchasing or selling for clients
  • Arrange for insurance coverage for cargo or for ships
  • Arrange for registration and licensing of ships.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Some post-secondary education in commerce or a related field may be required.
  • Customs brokers require several years of on-the-job training and completion of a customs brokers training program through the International Federation of Customs Brokers Association.
  • A customs broker licence, issued by the Canada Border Services Agency, is required for an individual or company to operate a customs brokerage business.
  • Shipbrokers selling cargo space on ships usually require several years of on-the-job training or related experience such as shipping company scheduling experience. Shipbrokers selling watercraft usually require in-depth experience with, and knowledge of, various watercraft.
  • Correspondence courses from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers are available for shipbrokers.

Additional Information

  • There is no mobility between the different types of brokers in this unit group.

Exclusions

  • Insurance brokers (in 6231 Insurance agents and brokers)
  • Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  • Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)

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