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Job Description of a Trade Officer

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International trade must contend with the actual mechanics of buying, selling and delivering goods, but also compliance with rules and regulations that govern products crossing borders. The person responsible for managing the process is the trade officer.

Trade Officer Description

The trade officer works for the federal government at the GS-15 level. He ensures compliance with trade laws and ensures that ports of entry and exit comply with strategies consistent with national priorities.


The trade officer manages subordinates who inspect, investigate and audit the trading process, and works with assistant trade commissioners and port directors. She creates procedures for ensuring that daily operations among all trading departments are integrated.


The position requires at least one year of experience at the previous GS-14 level, in providing and managing trade lawn enforcement. In 2013, the base salary at the entry-level step was $84,697, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.


Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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