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Job title:

Imports Manager



Reporting :

Director of Transportation and Logistics

Employment type:

Full Time


Reporting to the Director of Transportation and Logistics, individual will be a point of expertise for import practices and legislation across the Supply Chain. Liaison with shipping lines and freight agents is a daily part of this role, Review import procedures, reporting and advising on these, making recommendations for improvement where appropriate. As well as review and analysis, this will also include the engagement of stakeholders at many levels and across divisions within the business and with our partners. Responsible for the tendering and management of Import freight rates for the business and for reviewing and approving any exceptional costs incurred through importing products. While not directly responsible for duty classifications, a good knowledge of this subject is also important for the role.

Job Responsibilities:

Establish new and maintain existing procedures necessary to remain in compliance with US Customs legal requirements

Interface with US Customs brokers and forwarders on compliance issues and continuous process improvement

Manage and develop import SOPs and corporate compliance policies

Conduct internal regulatory audits and training; assist in the maintenance of record keeping procedures

Work on other assignments and special projects relating to logistical issues as assigned by the Manager, Import/Export/Traffic

Manage the movement of products/equipment/materials in and/or out of the country in accordance with organizational policy and procedure, and to comply with relevant local, country and international law and process.

Manage the necessary documentation and online forms for the efficient, cost-effective and lawful execution of all import activities.

Maintain and share with colleagues as appropriate, personal knowledge of all relevant import/export law and procedures; tariffs and duties; licenses and restrictions.

Anticipate research and report on future changes in import/export laws and in relevant local territory practices, and ensure such knowledge is factored into the planning of the department's own strategy, resources and procedures.

Plan and implement import strategy and activities consistent with overall aims and requirements of the organization.

Manage all staff reporting to the position so as to effectively recruit, train, evaluate, motivate, delegate and monitor their activities.

Liaise with other departments in order to establish and maintain effective and relevant /import activities and support in relation to the organization's sales, purchasing, materials management, production and overall operating functions.

Monitor record, analyses and report on activities, trends, results and recommendations relating to import activities.

Investigate, plan and implement strategically effective and relevant transport methods, which meet optimally the needs of the organization and its suppliers and customers.

Manage language and communications translation issues and activities as necessary to enable effective relations, distribution and integration of imported/exported material, product, equipment within the supply chain of importer and exporter, (for example handling instructions, operating manuals, product training, etc.).

Travel required approximately 25%.

Preferred Skills:

It is essential that the individual have an extensive knowledge of the Import Industry. Strong analytical skills with good Excel knowledge are also important, as you’ll frequently produce both routine and ad-hoc reports and analysis, making recommendations to ensure the best approach is adopted at all times to satisfy both commercial and operational requirements. Some knowledge SQL and Access would be advantageous.

Duty Drawback experience

Experience Required:

BS/BA degree or 5+ years of US Customs and regulatory compliance experience

C-TPAT, AES/ISF, binding rulings, deem export, encryption technology background/experience a plus

Must be a team player

Continuous process improvement focused

Must be able to communicate well in both oral and written form

Must be multi-task oriented and flexible to assist in a variety of tasks

Knowledge of import/export documentation, procedures and regulations


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Principal duties are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this position. An incumbent must be able to perform all of the essential duties outlined above.

This position description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. An employee holding this position will be required to perform any other position- related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accomodate individuals with a disability.

Qualified candidates, please submit resume with cover letter and salary requirements, referencing the position title in all correspondence to:

Human Resources PriceSmart, Inc. 9740 Scranton Rd., Suite 125 San Diego, CA 92121 Fax: (858) 404-8818

EMPLOYEE SIGNATURE I have reviewed the above position description. I am able to perform all of the principal duties and have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for this position. I understand that this position description does not create an employment contract and that I am employed by PriceSmart, Inc. on an at-will basis.

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PriceSmart, Inc. is an at-will employer and as such makes no contract for employment. This at-will employment relationship may only be altered by the President of PriceSmart, Inc. in writing.