Ocean Import Agent (Itasca, IL)

The primary duty of an Ocean Import Agent is to process ocean import transactions, including all related activities, for an assigned base of accounts.  The Ocean Import agent is responsible for all required document preparation and traffic coordination.

Duties Include:

  • Receive, review, and process import documentation for an assigned base of accounts.
  • Comply with all requirements listed under any given Letter of Credit.
  • Prepare accurate and profitable quotations for review by department Supervisor or Manager.
  • Recognize profit opportunities in the areas of insurance coverage, cargo for NVOCC bookings, and commissions from inland freight and other service subcontracting.
  • Arrange inland freight services.
  • Communicate with clients, co-workers, and supervisors in a clear, concise, and timely manner.
  • Adhere to all domestic and international shipping regulations.
  • Advise department Supervisor or Manager of any transaction problems or irregularities.



  •  High School Diploma (or equivalent education).
  • 2 –3 years of previous experience as an Ocean Import Agent preferred.
  • Experience in managing shipments from booking through billing.



  •  Basic skills in Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. 
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently.
  • In addition to basic math, must be able to analyze numerical data and understand components and relationships, find patterns and draw conclusions. 
  • Two years of CargoWise experience a definite plus!
  • Ability to make quick and clear decisions while adapting to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently, but within the boundaries prescribed by company policies and procedures.
  • Ability to understand the full range of Freight Forwarding services, including order management, movement scheduling, customs brokerage, monitor and control services, cost optimization, and various industry specific requirements.


Itasca, IL

Job Type: 

  • Freight Forwarding

Search Resources Inc., founded in 1996, assists clients with defining and executing a strategic recruitment process. We believe this process leads to the selection and hiring of the most highly qualified supply chain and logistics professionals who solve our clients organizational problems and achieve their corporate objectives. Our ultimate goal is to fortify our client companies with proven executive talent that will build their companies by increasing top line or bottom line revenues and give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Strong networks, solid research and proven proprietary search techniques and processes refined throughout the SRI's 20+ year tenure enable us to find the best supply chain and logistics professionals for your business. SRI offers unmatched, personalized customer service and follow through while maintaining the highest professional standards and ethics in contingency and retained executive search.