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With more than 1,600 employees at 16 locations and in 13 countries we are one of the market-leading manufacturers of innovative coating technology. We bring colour, protection and functions to surfaces. Our customers are industrial enterprises, crafts enterprises and do-it-yourselfers. The enthusiasm for perfect surfaces unites us. We are not simply looking for employees. We are looking for people who share our enthusiasm.

Customs Specialist

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447


Title: Customs Specialist

Reports to: Director of Supply Chain Director



Position Objective:

The Customs Specialist position will control, manage and be accountable all aspects of customs, duties, tariffs and international freight for Wagner. The incumbent will be responsible for import/export compliance processes, filing accuracy & velocity, and related process management/project execution.



Job Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Customs - In-house expert on all customs related topics
    • Research and support of new product development: HTS codes, Duty/Tariff costs, Freight analysis, Customer & vendor support
    • Key contact for customs inquiries & forwarding agents
    • Maintain foreign trade master data in SAP & with forwarding agents: HTS codes, Country of origin, Preferences
    • Control of the customs guidelines in the company
    • Monitor & control customs costs


  • Freight  
    • Organization of worldwide transportation by air, sea and road
    • Negotiation with the forwarding agents
    • Implementation of imports from global partners to the US
    • Implementation of exports to global partners from the US
    • Monitor and control freight costs


  • Drawback - Establish and maintain all duty and tariff related drawback programs


  • Refunds & Exclusions - Manage refund and exclusion type activities for relevant duties and tariffs


  • Export Control - Perform export control: Dual-Use and EAR


  • Perform other duties and assumes accountability as apparent or as delegated, including mutually agreed upon objectives.


  • Develop/Maintain trade compliance Metrics/KPIs


  • Other duties as assigned



Relationship to Others:

Interacts with all levels of Wagner’s management and employees.  Also has contact and exposure to Wagner international employees, affiliated companies, freight forwarders, customs contacts, vendors and customers. 



Dimensions of Position:

Ensure the integrity of customs, freight and foreign trade data within our ERP system and with our external service companies and vendors, while managing and improving the respective processes.  Recommends and implements new concepts and approaches, regardless of obstacles, to advance the scope and value of the position.



Education and Experience:

  • 4 year degree in related field and a minimum 4 years of related experience required.
  • Thorough understanding of US and global customs, freight and logistics areas.  Experience in transportation (import and export) and customs expertise in the US required.  Must possess strong negotiation skills, be detailed oriented and able to establish and implement clear and defined processes.
  • Knowledge and experience in SAP is preferred, Microsoft Office products and other relevant computer applications are required.  Duty drawback experience is also preferred.  Professional, business driven mentality with the ability to communicate and interact with all levels of the organization.

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis