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Customs Officer Job Description

A customs officer is a law enforcement agent whose job is to monitor and inspect imports and exports into and out of a country to ensure compliance with customs laws, policies, and procedures. Customs officers monitor and inspect cargoes, baggage, and personal articles entering or leaving a country to prevent smuggling and to see what duty is payable on imported goods.

A customs officer should be patient, observant, responsible, polite and tactful, and have the ability to correctly interpret and apply customs laws, policies, and procedures. They should be good at communicating and able to relate to persons of all races, creeds, cultures and varying personalities.

Pursue a career in law enforcement if you are courageous and disciplined, and interested in maintaining law and order in your society.

What does a Customs Officer do?

Customs officers may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Customs officers usually work shifts including night, weekends and public holidays. They work outdoors and indoors at border crossings, outposts, airports, and seaports. Their job may involve traveling and moving around to undertake patrols and surveillance of border areas. They may be required to carry firearms while working to defend themselves against violent smugglers.

What is Required to Become a Customs Officer?

To be eligible to become a customs officer in most countries, you will need to be at least 18yrs of age, be a citizen or a permanent resident of the country, and pass drug, fitness and medical tests. You will be required to undergo a customs training program once you are employed.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Customs officers need to have:


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