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Job title: Customs Liaison (Automotive Manufacturing)
Employment type: Contract
Experience: 3 to 5 years
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 13 January 2021
Job reference no: 3983207857

Job Description

An established Automotive Manufacturer is urgently requiring a Customs Liaison to be based at their East London plant.  Due to operational requirements, the successful candidate will be required to start immediately, and will initially be on a temporary contract.

Key responsibilities:

- Coordinate Imports and Exports Sea freight and Airfreight status report and offer support to the planning department with vessel sailing and airfreight schedules

- Facilitate customs clearance status from service provider

- Analyze correctness of the freight invoice from the service provider.

- Research Customs and Trade matters and provide solutions.

- Rules of Origin and Free Trade Agreements e.g. EPA, AGOA, SACU

- Reconciliation and review of the Import duties general ledger accounts

- Preparation and submission of status report of import duties to the CFO

- Maintenance of the Tariff Headings in the parts master data database.

- Ensuring compliance with EUR1 requirements both internally and externally

- Linking the imports to exports to enable the submission of a drawback claim

- Review and provide advice on temporary imports

- Make Rebate determinations and newly approved rebate store

- Perform reconciliation of Customs value exports (Export master control sheet and SARS master report).

- Perform reconciliation of Consolidate Zero Rate recon (Customs value exports and Finance Manual invoicing sheet)

- Maintain export master control spread sheet and register of temporary exports (linkage to re-importation transaction)

- Review of SAD 500 to ensure compliance with the required legislation

- Perform audits on the export documentation of temporary exports to ensure compliance

- Perform quarterly audits on the rebate stores

- Perform monthly audits on the business units’ logistic process when needed.

- Liaise directly with SARS in resolving customs matters efficiently and timeously.

- Understand and manage all APDP (Automotive Production Development Program) objectives and submissions to the customer on quarterly basis

- Understand shipping INCO terms and respective clearing requirements both at origin and into So South Africa

- Understand freight rates and be able to produce an accurate freight forecast for all imported materials

- Analyze freight invoices in line with agreed rates prior to submitting for approval to Logistics Manager

- Knowledge of processing preparation and submission of drawback claims, ITAC permits and any other permits that are required.

- Assisting in the preparation the various statutory tax returns (both Direct and Indirect tax)

- Reviewing of key business processes relating to import and export and recommending improvements (efficiency and cost savings)

- Ensure efficient and effective document management (permits, applications, queries, drawback claims, etc)

Qualification / Experience:

- Grade 12 / Matric essential

- Tertiary qualification advantageous

- 5+ years' experience in dealing with customs officials, shipping, clearing of imports and exports, ITAC permits and APDP programme.

- Experience within Automotive industry advantageous