International Logistics

Job Description:     

Works closely with manufacturing, marketing, and purchasing to create timely, cost- effective import/export supply chains. Responsible for handling the technical details of international transportation - multiple modes, complex documentation, and varying customs regulations, developing distribution strategies, and building relationships with logistics intermediaries. Serves as a troubleshooter, dealing with the problems inherent in moving freight long distances and holding inventory in multiple countries.

Related Positions:

Import/Export Manager, International Transportation Manager

Key Duties:

Manage the performance of international carriers and logistics intermediaries

Ensure compliance with international and U.S. laws related to import/export activity

Evaluate tradeoffs between transportation costs, inventory costs, and service levels

Work with packaging engineers to effectively protect import/export goods

Develop logistics strategies and processes for entering new markets

Required Skills:

Knowledge of international commerce - international banking/finance issues, customs regulations, incoterms, international supply chain processes, etc.); detail-oriented; negotiating skills; effective communication skills; fluency in a foreign language; able to handle multiple tasks; awareness and appreciation of different cultures; diplomatic.


Import/Export Specialist Range:            $28,100 - $42,200              Midpoint: $35,100

Import Coordination Mgr. Range:         $41,100 - $91,900               Midpoint: $76,500.

Career Path:

Individuals typically gain experience as import/export coordinators, international transportation planners, or domestic logistics managers, prior to being promoted to international logistics manager. Success in this position leads to director of international logistics, director of international transportation, or vice president.


"I do everything that a domestic logistics manager does. The big difference is that it takes about ten additional steps to get the product to the international customer."

"I spend about 30% of my time assisting in production planning decisions and 35-40% on transportation and distribution issues. The balance is spent on administrative duties and working with our sales group on new business development opportunities."

"If you want to be a successful international manager you have to understand the country that you're working with. That means traveling there and immersing yourself in the language and culture."