Chances of getting a job as an importer/exporter average
Chances of getting a job as an importer/exporter are average due to stable numbers of people in the role.
Opportunities for importers/exporters largely depend on the strength of the economy in New Zealand, and in countries that New Zealand trades with. Depending on the level of growth, demand for importers/exporters can increase.
According to the Census, 1,077 importer/exporters worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Language skills and knowledge of target markets useful
You can increase your chances of getting work as an importer/exporter by:
- being able to speak a second language
- having a strong understanding of the culture of a business' target markets
- having established contacts in a business' target markets.
Internet poses a challenge to importers
The growing popularity of international shopping sites, such as Amazon and AliExpress, poses a threat to New Zealand importers of the goods these websites sell.
This could reduce job opportunities in future.
Types of employers varied
Importers/exporters are often self-employed, or work for manufacturing or distribution companies.
They may also work for:
- export collectives or co-operatives such as Fonterra
- companies that export some of their goods
- companies that export goods on behalf of manufacturers