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Shipping Coordinator



A shipping coordinator is responsible for export logistics, the execution of shipping services and compliance documentation activities required for in/out-bound shipping activities.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Manage key relationships and negotiate freight rates with shipping merchants and traders
  • Execute stevedoring activities
  • Supervise loading and unloading of shipping vessels
  • Coordinate functional logistics staff internally to facilitate land based freight movements, both inbound and outbound from port; communicate shipping schedules, orders and meeting deadlines
  • Review orders and available inventory
  • Process order changes/cancellations
  • Determine the most efficient and economical method of shipping
  • Create shipping paperwork and schedule loads
  • Coordinate returns and reconcile inventory counts
  • Follow established policies, procedures and objectives


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required, but at least an associate’s degree in logistics or a related field is preferred.


To pursue a career as a Shipping Coordinator:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, business and computer courses, personal finance, foreign language and mathematics.


Where can I work?

Shipping coordinators work for medium to large-scale agricultural companies that continually ship and receive goods and products.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a shipping coordinator will be very good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • International Air & Shipping Association
  • Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council
  • Grower-Shipper Association
  • Midwest Shippers Association
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