An Airfreight & Seafreight Operations Executive manages and organises activities relating to air freight and sea freight. In this role you would be developing and maintaining robust processes and systems to ensure goods are shipped seamlessly. Working very closely with customs, this type of role often involves looking after both import and export shipments – goods coming in and out of the country. The goods you will be responsible for shipping may originate from countries as far away as China and India, depending on where they have been manufactured or produced, and other countries may have very different regulations and restrictions to the UK or the EU.
One of the most interesting aspects of this role is being responsible for the shipping of a vast variety of goods from across the globe, enabling you to build international relationships with partners, suppliers and various authorities.
As a result, not only do you need both air freight and sea freight experience, but an in-depth knowledge of freight forwarding will give you a very strong advantage. Due to being an operational role, you would be ‘joining the dots’ between international locations – for example, checking whether an air or sea shipment has the necessary clearance and paperwork when entering or leaving a country.
You would also be using the mandatory National Export System (NES) computer-based export declarations system. The NES must be used by exporters to declare to customs your intention to export goods to non-EU countries. Therefore, being familiar with this system would be a real bonus too.
What’s more, an Airfreight & Seafreight Operations Executive would be expected to ensure a very high standard of support is given to sales and operations functions and the department. This ensures any issues or concerns can be quickly and effectively dealt with, which reduces any potential impact on forthcoming shipments.
To be an Airfreight & Seafreight Operations Executive some of your key skills would include:-
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