Transport & Logistics
Transport clerks correlate, book and check freighted goods and passengers travelling on freight services.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Transport Clerk do?
Transport clerks correlate, book and check freighted goods and passengers travelling on freight services. Transport clerks may also be known as customs clerks, import/export clerks, or shipping clerks.
As a transport clerk, you would
- check records against shipments
- weigh or measure goods and calculate sizes and associated fees
- prepare documentation, including fees and charges
- organise customs payments and documentation
- attach correct documentation to items be fore dispatch
- arrange the receipt or dispatch of goods
- pack and unpack goods
- ensure quality control of shipments
- ensure records are accurately kept.
Key skills and interests
To become a transport clerk, you would need:
- good communication skills
- good organisational and time management skills
- able to work quickly and accurately
- basic IT skills.
Working hours and conditions
As a transport clerk you would work a standard number or hours per week, which may include shiftwork on evenings and weekends.
Your time would be spent in an office or at a desk or counter, possibly open to the public.
How to become an Transport Clerk?
Entry Level Education
No formal qualifications are required to become a transport clerk. You would get some training on the job.
You may also become a transport clerk through a traineeship in Logistics. Generally employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Employment for transport clerks is expected to continue to show a small decline.
While the amount of freight being moved both nationally and internationally is increasing, this will be offset by continued advances in technology in shipping and dispatch systems, which will place pressure on roles for transport and shipping clerks.