Import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices

Description

Import export specialists in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices have and apply deep knowledge of import and export goods including customs clearance and documentation.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices:

senior import specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
assistant import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
graduate export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
trainee export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
graduate import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
trainee import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
assistant export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
graduate import specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
trainee import specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
senior import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
assistant import specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
senior export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices

Minimum qualifications

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum required to work as an import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices. However, many employers prefer to hire candidates with a bachelor’s degree in international business, international relations or another closely related field.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices career path

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These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices.

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices.

  • Embargo regulations: The national, international and foreign sanctions and embargo regulations, e.g. Council Regulation (EU) No 961/2010.
  • General principles of food law: The national and international legal rules and requirements applied in the food industry.
  • Types of coffee beans: Most known coffee types, Arabica and Robusta, and the cultivars under each one of those types.
  • Protective measures against the introduction of organisms: The national and international protective measures against the introduction of organisms, e.g. Council Directive 2000/29/EC, on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.
  • International commercial transactions rules: Pre-defined commercial terms used in international commercial transactions which stipulate clear tasks, costs and risks associated with the delivery of goods and services.
  • Food hygiene rules: The set of national and international regulations for hygiene of foodstuffs and food safety, e.g. regulation (EC) 852/2004.
  • International import export regulations: Know the principles that govern the import and export of products and equipment, trade restrictions, health and safety measures, licenses, etc.
  • Regulations on substances: The national and international regulations on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, e.g. regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and spice products: The offered coffee, tea, cocoa and spice products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices.

  • Create solutions to problems: Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.
  • Create import-export commercial documentation: Organise the completion of official documents such as letters of credit, shipping orders, and certificates of origin.
  • Apply conflict management: Take ownership of the handling of all complaints and disputes showing empathy and understanding to achieve resolution. To be fully aware of all Social Responsibility protocols and procedures, and to be able to deal with a problem gambling situation in a professional manner with maturity and empathy.
  • Apply export strategies: Follow and implement strategies according to the size of the company and possible advantages towards the international market. Set goals to export products or commodities to the market, in order to minimize risks for potential buyers.
  • Handle quotes from prospective shippers: Evaluate the quotes fares and services offered from prospective transporters on the market.
  • Speak different languages: Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.
  • Ensure customs compliance: implement and monitor compliance with import and export requirements in order to avoid customs claims, supply chain interruption, increased overall costs.
  • Administer multi-modal logistics: Manage the flow of products through multi-modal transportation.
  • Build rapport with people from different cultural backgrounds: Understand and create a link with people from different cultures, countries, and ideologies without judgements or preconceptions.
  • Communicate with shipment forwarders: Maintain a good flow of communication with shipper and freight forwarders, who ensure a correct delivery and distribution of goods.
  • Meet deadlines: Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.
  • Apply import strategies: Follow and implement strategies for importing according to the size of the company, the nature of its products, the available expertise, and business conditions on the international markets. These strategies include procedural and strategic issues and involve the use of customs agencies or brokers.
  • File claims with insurance companies: File a factual request to an insurance company in case a problem occurs which is covered under an insurance policy.
  • Handle carriers: Organise the transportation system through which a product is conveyed to its buyer, through which a product is sourced from a supplier, including customs.
  • Monitor merchandise delivery: Follow up logistical organisation of products; ensure that products have been transported in a correct and timely fashion.
  • Have computer literacy: Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.
  • Plan transport operations: Plan mobility and transport for different departments in order to obtain the best possible movement of equipment and materials. Negotiate the best possible delivery rates. Compare different bids and select the most reliable and cost-effective bid.

ISCO group and title

3331 – Clearing and forwarding agents


References
  1. Import export specialist in coffee, tea, cocoa and spices – ESCO
Last updated on January 11, 2023

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