Marine Cargo Inspector

There are tons and tons of cargo and freight that enter and exit shipping ports in the United States on a daily basis. It is a marine cargo inspector’s job to inspect and examine these shipments to ensure that they meet federal standards and guidelines and that all shipments meet the regulations mandated by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Customs and Border Protection agency. Marine cargo inspectors are typically employed by either the government or a private company and their exact job duties depend on their specific employer. However their main job duties include regulating freight that is transported over American waterways documenting shipments ensuring that freight and cargo is in good condition when it leaves or enters the port verifying that items needing refrigeration are being stored at the correct temperature and confirming that live shipments are being tended properly. According to the website www.onetonline.org some marine inspectors have an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree but a formal education is not always necessary. Most employers require a high school diploma along with experience in maritime surveying. Due to the nature of their job marine cargo inspectors must be excellent communicators be able to write reports and be efficient when inspecting large shipments. When they determine that a shipment might not be compliant with regulations marine cargo inspectors must be able to follow the proper protocol for dealing with the situation. Good physical condition is necessary for this profession as well as the ability to work outdoors and on cargo ships while enduring all types of weather conditions. The website ww1.salary.com states that the median salary for a marine inspector is $31162 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma and Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $31162
High Salary: $37162
Low Salary: $25162
Tasks: Inspects items transports on U.S. waterways.
Examines shipments that enter U.S. ports.
Documents cargo that exits ports.
Completes reports on all types of cargo shipments.
Also Called: Marine Cargo Surveyor
Marine Freight Inspector
Marine Compliance Inspector
Ship Cargo Inspector
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Become_a_Marine_Cargo_Inspector_Job_Description_and_Requirements.html
http://job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/Marine-Cargo-Inspectors.cfm
http://www1.salary.com/Marine-Cargo-Inspector-salary.html