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Customs and International Trade Co-Ordinator

Customs and International Trade Co-Ordinator

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Position Type 
Permanent Full-Time
UK-Blackburn (Distribution Centre)
Pentland Brands

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Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


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As Customs and International Trade Co-Ordinator you will:


Work within the Pentland Shipping Customs and International Trade section, working closely with other members of the team to support the day to day operational processes and procedures of the business.  The key areas of this role will be:

  • To process inbound seafreight and airfreight shipments.
  • To work closely with the operations team / supervisor to manage workload priorities and ensure that key issues are raised on a timely basis. 
  • To ensure key deadlines are met to facilitate customs entries and achieve delivery of shipments as required by customers.
  • To work closely with specified Group businesses in all shipping matters to support them in any area where assistance can be provided. 

Needs to Do

  • Understand how to find information on freight partners freight management system and use the C&IT inbound container report.
  • Download and print shipment documents from freight partners’ freight management system.
  • Understand and undertake freight calculations for customs entries.
  • Process sea freight, airfreight and sea/air shipments within SAP project builder.
  • Understand the relevance of FCR’s and importance of original Bills of Lading and the impact on operations.
  • Understand each element of shipment paperwork and the importance of each document (invoices, packing lists, certificates of origin, GSP certificates, C88’s, E2’s).
  • Create customs entry item worksheets using shipment paperwork and brand range listings.
  • Prepare customs entry information to be declared to HMRC using Netfreight customs entry software.
  • Issue customs clearance instructions to freight partners and courier companies.
  • Understand the classification process for assigning commodity codes to customer’s products and take part in seasonal range reviews for your allocated brand(s).
  • Have a full understanding of the documentary requirements specific to each customer required for HMRC purposes (Pentland Asia invoice for 1 / 2 step process on HMRC duty / VAT declarations).
  • Understand and undertake the value build of duty, VAT and insurance.
  • Ensure that all goods are accurately declared to HM Customs & Excise in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Customs Tariff



                         What you need to have 

  • A level Educated or equivalent
  • Mathematics and English O level / GCSE grade C or above
  • Strong numeracy and communication skills
  • Previous work experience within an office environment
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and ability to work unsupervised
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
  • The ability to provide relevant information effectively to management and colleagues
  • Knowledge of SAP is desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Attention to detail


                    What we need to see in you 

  • Organised and self-motivated
  • Able to work effectively as part of a wider team
  • Able to take instruction from other team members and section supervisor
  • Perform additional duties when required
  • Able to plan & manage time effectively
  • Able to work to deadlines
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Proactive in approach
  • Positive, confident and flexible approach
  • Willingness to seek advice / assistance



 This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.