Career Overview For Customs Officer

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Read here a brief summary about customs-officers career. This information will help you to get better knowldge about this profession.

Overview

A customs officer or also called a customs officer is someone who supervises the import and export of goods, but also looks at the transit of goods.

As a customs officer you check whether the import duties and excise duties have been paid, this is also called the administrative check. As a customs officer you also deal with many types of legislation. For example, you must keep an eye on the Excise Act, but also the BPM legislation and the VGEM laws (laws related to the environment, the opium law, flora and fauna law, etc.).

As a customs officer you often work at national borders, but also at seaports and airports. Activities include checking the possession of prohibited substances and checking factories where alcohol is processed, because alcohol is subject to a lot of excise duties, just like tobacco and petrol. You also check whether the correct fuel (diesel oil) is used in cars. Red oil, with less excise duty, for use in tractors isn't allowed in vehicles other than agricultural vehicles. These checks are also called the physical check. Because nowadays many declarations are done by computer and not so much with the help of paper documents, this saves an enormous amount of time for companies, because a sealed truck within the EU can drive across the border no longer has to have all its papers checked at the border. You often have to undergo a psychological check before your application and often there's also a background check. These checks are also called the physical check. Because nowadays many declarations are done by computer and not so much with the help of paper documents, this saves an enormous amount of time for companies, because a sealed truck within the EU can drive across the border no longer has to have all its papers checked at the border. You often have to undergo a psychological check before your application and often there's also a background check. These checks are also called the physical check. Because nowadays many declarations are done by computer and not so much with the help of paper documents, this saves an enormous amount of time for companies, because a sealed truck within the EU can drive across the border no longer has to have all its papers checked at the border. You often have to undergo a psychological check before your application and often there's also a background check.

What are the Prospects for Customs Officers Career?

The labor market perspective of a customs officer is fairly average. However, the labor market is influenced by increasing technology and there's therefore less demand than before because many activities are now taken over by the computer.

The career opportunities depend on your education and on the further possibilities that are offered to you within customs.



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