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Importers and exporters

£15,080 Average salary at age 20
£30,680 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Importers and exporters buy commodities from overseas for the home market and sell home-produced commodities to overseas markets.

Main Tasks

  • Investigates and evaluates home and overseas demand for particular commodities;
  • Obtains orders from buyers and arranges payment by bill of exchange, letter of credit or other means;
  • Arranges for shipment of commodities overseas and ensures that insurance and export licences are in order;
  • Carries out customs clearance procedures for imports, arranges their storage and delivery and sells them personally or through a commodity broker;
  • Advises home and overseas producers on the likely future demand for their goods.


Entry does not depend on academic qualifications although some employers require candidates to have a degree or equivalent qualification. Some posts require candidates to have knowledge of a foreign language. Professional qualifications are available. Entrance to professional examinations requires GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades or equivalent qualifications.

UK Prospects

7800 Workforce Size
3.94% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
1632 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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