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Importer and Exporter

No Formal Qualifications Year 10 Preferred On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

Importers and exporters sell and buy goods, such as raw materials, foodstuffs and manufactured goods, produced in Australia for export to overseas markets, or procure products made overseas for import to Australian markets.


    Importers and exporters may perform the following tasks:

  • supervise and coordinate the marketing activities of overseas distributors/agents and assist with administrative, sales and marketing functions
  • investigate and assess overseas demand for goods produced in Australia or local demand for goods produced overseas
  • research and comply with legal requirements affecting import and export of goods to and from Australia
  • discuss orders and arrange for the production of goods with suppliers and distributors/agents
  • arrange the shipment of goods, ensuring that all customs barrier control procedures and other documentation requirements are satisfied
  • arrange payment for goods, ensuring these payments meet financial regulations in Australia and overseas
  • liaise with freight forwarders and customs brokers, who make freight and space bookings with airline or shipping companies and arrange for the movement of cargo from airports and wharves
  • monitor the performance of the business and prepare financial statements and report on import/export operations
  • negotiate contracts and agreements with end buyers/sellers and with distributors and agents
  • ensure product intellectual property (brand name, design or patents) is registered and protected in the countries where they are sold


  • good communication and negotiation skills
  • good understanding of commercial activity
  • research and administrative skills
  • basic mathematical skills
  • ability to speak one or more foreign languages is highly desirable (a considerable amount of overseas travel may be required)

Interest Area

Clerical/Administrative Figures/Computational


Import/Export (Administration) Manager - is usually based in the company's head office. Their main role is to supervise the receipt, recording and progress of import/export orders through the company in an efficient manner. This involves liaising with company departments, customers and external organisations.

Import/Export (Distribution) Manager - coordinates the movement of goods in and out of the country, ensures compliance with customs barrier control matters, and negotiates freight rates and delivery schedules.

Import/Export (Sales/Marketing) Manager - travels overseas to obtain orders or source supplies from overseas customers, attends trade shows and exhibitions, and demonstrates products or acquires product knowledge.


No Formal Qualifications Year 10 Preferred On The Job Training VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

You can work as an importer and exporter without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications.

You may like to consider a VOC qualification in international trade, business, international business or management. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

You can also become an importer and exporter by completing a degree in international trade or international business. You could also consider a course in a related field such as business, commerce or management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Additional Information

    With relevant work experience, graduates may be eligible for membership of the Export Council of Australia.


Importers and exporters are mainly self-employed in small businesses, although some may work for larger companies. Staff with specialist import/export knowledge and skills are also employed by banks and government departments. People with relevant formal qualifications may have greater opportunity for employment. New entrants usually commence in the distribution or sales area of the firm. Training varies according to the size of the firm and the products traded. Most people need five years of experience in less complex areas such as distribution or sales in order to develop basic knowledge and skills.

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