Release Customs Analyst

Release Customs Analyst


Join Livingston and grow your career in the constantly changing world of international trade. Livingston is a market leader offering customs brokerage, international trade consulting, compliance and freight forwarding services around the world.  Livingston has over 3,000 employees at more than 90 key border crossings, sea ports, airports and other strategic locations in North America, Europe and Asia.  

Our fast-paced and collaborative environment offers you the opportunity to work with leaders in the industry, receive recognition for achievements and develop your expertise in the complex and evolving world of trade. Learn how you can make an impact at Livingston.


Job Type: Part Time with Benefits 


Location: NY Tonawanda - US041 


Reporting to the Manager, Service Delivery (Production Supervisor – in some US locations), this position is responsible for the timely processing, rating (some locations) and release of all client shipments (some 24/7 operations) in accordance with Livingston’s operating procedures and service standards, ensuring commitment time is met to earn the clients' complete satisfaction.


  • Ensure accurate and timely processing of shipments which could include all modes of transportation.
  • Create customs entries through review, proper selection of client and client records, proper vendor and keyword selection, interpretation of documentation for all clients' shipments, in a one-step process for both high and low value shipments.   
  • Data entry of shipment information for release (NSC), rating and billing and ensuring that all mandatory fields are completed and accurate.
  • Ensure correct value for duty is reported based on invoice details and terms of sale. Establish correct value for duty and tariff treatment by selecting the correct keyword/HS code
  • Contact Release Import Analyst or the client service team as required for missing documentation, information or instructions necessary to release a shipment. 
  • Verify documentation for release conditions, compliance and rating compliance (e.g., free trade certificates).
  • Ensure that all LI,I SOP's, ESPs (Exceptions to Standard Procedures) and business rules are adhered to following special client instructions, notes and alerts. Identifies those that have become outdated or ineffective, making recommendations for change.   
  • Identify ESPs and SOPs to improve efficiencies to enhance client service and improve day to day Client Service team operations.
  • Research and respond to Call Center requests for information (ranges from BOL update to driver waiting) in a professional manner via phone or email in non-Air/Sea locations.
  • Prioritize and complete work in accordance with client and customs requirements as assigned by the Production Manager / Manager, Release Operations in compliance with Customs requirements Livingston standards.
  • Escalate two-step release requirements, authorization or release issue resolution to the Client Import Analyst, Release Import Analyst or Supervisor in the US or the Customs Specialist supporting Release Operations in Canada, for escalation authorization or issue resolution.
  • Update, approve and release information for billing as required. (Canada only)
  • When applicable, assist in billing and data entry (ASR – automated systems rating) where required.
  • Participate fully with other team members in the day-to-day operation of Release Operations.
  • Endeavor to utilize and take advantage of system automation tools that are available to support release processing.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by management. 
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures.


  • Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills
  • Client Service oriented -- interpersonal skills with internal/external clients and coworkers
  • Ability to handle large volumes and meet tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail; organization, completeness and accuracy
  • Good analytical skills with problem-solving ability
  • Ability to make decisions and recommendations within authorized limitations
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to present a professional image.
  • Knowledge of Word and Excel software.
  • Office equipment/machinery used: Personal computer and common business machines/software


No experience required


Required: High School/GED or equivalent
Preferred: Associates Degree or post-secondary education


Business Acumen and Straight Talk
Customer First Focus
Inclusion and Collaboration
Leading and Developing

All interested internal applicants are required to discuss their intent to apply with their immediate supervisor at the time they submit their résumé. Applicants must have completed 12 months * in their current position and be in good standing at the time of application.

If you know of someone interested in this position, please refer the candidate by going to the career section in Talent Center. Only those candidates who will be considered for an interview will be contacted. Please visit the Talent Acquisition tile on Peoplenet for referral bonus amounts.

Livingston is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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