Job Details

  • Title: Foreign Trade Representative
  • Code: RCI-BASF-9336
  • Location: Beachwood Ohio (OH) 44122
  • Posted Date: 10/09/2019
  • Duration: 12 Months
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  Job Description

Customs & Foreign Trade Specialist

General Summary:

  • The Customs & Foreign Trade Specialist will assist the Customs & Foreign Trade Manager with ensuring compliance with Customs and other governmental agency requirements;
    • Adhering to company’s import, export and cross-border policies/procedures and educating internal team members on same;
    • Performing product compliance/classification reviews;
    • Monitoring Customs broker and freight forwarder activities/partnerships;
    • Conducting internal audits and government reporting procedures;
    • Performing special projects related to Free Trade Agreements, C-TPAT, Duty Drawback, etc. 
  • This role must understand and enforce Customs & Trade laws, policies, and best practices, while helping to identify opportunities to make day-to-day operations more efficient and reduce applicable duties and tax implications. 


  • Work closely with freight forwarders and Customs brokers regarding classification, duty rates, documentation requirements, tracking to ensure efficiency and compliance for export declarations, import entries/reconciliations
  • Work proactively and provide guidance to internal departments to ensure international business activities are conducted in compliance with applicable regulations
  • Respond to CBP and US Census Bureau requests; manage shipment seizures, inquires, or investigations
  • Release Trade Blocks for export orders
  • Monitor foreign trade developments (embargos, sanctions, EAR, OFAC, etc.) for import and export controls
  • Audit service provider invoices for Customs & Foreign Trade activities
  • Engage with Duty Drawback consultant and provide needed data/reports to maximize company eligible benefits
  • Handle Customs duty payment/reconciliation activities
  • Maintain import and export related master data (SAP ERP, SAP-S/4 HANA GTS)
  • Record Retention activities/coordination
  • Perform special projects or other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience with Import / Export / Cross-Border processes and compliance to Customs regulations required
  • Understanding of U.S. Customs and other relevant government agencies
  • Working knowledge of Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Harmonized Tariff System
  • Experience with Customs security initiatives (C-TPAT / PIP) preferred
  • Knowledge of NAFTA / FTA requirements and procedures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be resourceful, flexible, organized, detail-oriented, and team-oriented
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Strong SAP experience is required
  • S4 Hana experience is a big plus
  • Cross-functional experience in Supply Chain and Customer Care is preferred
  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (days); some overtime will be required, but it will be limited.