Import Manager job description template

About this position

The Import Manager is a critical role in our organization that is responsible for overseeing the import of products from our international suppliers and partners. The Import Manager will work with a team of professionals to ensure that all imports are handled efficiently and in compliance with international and domestic regulations. They will also be responsible for managing the import process from start to finish, from working with suppliers to negotiating contracts and ensuring timely deliveries. The ideal candidate should have strong organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills, as well as extensive experience in international trade and customs regulations.


1. Coordinate import/export shipment activities, including customs clearance and documentation.
2. Develop and implement policies and procedures related to imports and exports.
3. Monitor and analyze import/export data to identify compliance issues and take corrective actions.
4. Maintain and update the import/export compliance database.
5. Monitor and report on international trade trends and developments.
6. Liaise with freight forwarders and other third parties to ensure timely and accurate import/export processes and paperwork.
7. Negotiate contracts with suppliers and customers.
8. Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to imports and exports.
9. Develop and maintain relationships with foreign governments, customs authorities, and other relevant organizations.
10. Prepare and submit required reports to internal and external stakeholders.


• Bachelor's degree in Business, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or related field
• 5+ years of experience in import and export operations
• Familiarity with international trade regulations and customs clearance processes
• Excellent communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
• Proficiency with MS Office and other computer software related to the field


Cost control
Budgeting Cost of goods sold Variance analysis
Inventory Management
Inventory Management Managing Orders Stock Management
Logistics Management
Partnership Development
Channel Relationship Management Partner Development Partner Relationship Management
Procurement & Purchasing
Procurement Purchasing Strategic Sourcing Subcontracting Supplier Negotiation Supply Management
Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)
Sales & Operation Planning
Customer Orientation
Demonstrating positive attitude towards resolution Solving customer issues within timelines Understanding customer needs
Planning and organizing
Goal setting, planning and priorization Taking timely actions to ensure obligations are met
Relationship Building
Establishing rapport and building trust Growing network and relationships Nurturing long term relationships