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Build you career as Apparel Export Specialist

Published: August 2, 2023
Author: TEXTILE VALUE CHAIN

Ms. Smritee Dwivedi, Senior Director Operations
Apparel Made-ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council

The Textile and Apparel Industry (T&A) is one of the oldest industries in India that has seen a massive progress over the years. The Indian Textile and Apparel Industry accounts for about 4% of the textile and apparel market worldwide. The T&A Industry significantly contributes to the Indian economy in terms of domestic share, foreign exchange earnings, export earnings, and employment. In the near future, India’s apparel export is expected to increase considerably. Total export of textiles and apparel are expected to touch US$ 82 billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 12.06% from FY18.

There are great opportunities in the apparel sector for an Export specialist. If you’re interested in becoming an Import/Export Specialist, one of the first steps is to know about the education and skills required for this job role. Through this article you will be able to explore every aspect of career as an Import/Export specialist.

What does an Import/Export Skilled person do?
An export/import specialist is a professional who organizes and oversees the shipment of products to domestic and international locations. They prepare and process all the required documents and permits for shipping purposes, conduct quality inspections of shipments, and maintain records of all the invoices and transactions. Import/export specialists also monitors and track shipments, and work with vendors and transportation companies to ensure that products arrive at their destinations as per the pre decided timelines. These professionals also work closely with staff to ensure that all imports and exports adhere to company’s regulatory standards.

Textile Export Opportunities–
The Indian textile industry is known for its high quality and a wide variety of products that it offers and hence, the demand for this industry is rapidly growing in the international market. If we talk about the export opportunities of our textile goods outside India, you would be surprised to know that China is the biggest importer of Indian textiles. Apart from China, countries like Japan, the United States, Europe, Germany, and France are also major demanders of Indian clothing and textiles.

Apparel Export Opportunities and Skilling in this Sector –
Given the potential of huge textile export opportunities this sector has, it would be fair to say there is a lot of scope for a career in export sector. To create occupational standards and develop the competency framework in the apparel sector, Apparel Made-ups and Home-Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSSC) was set up under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. The council provides trainings to the candidates in its approved job roles via its registered training partners, having presence across India. These institutes help prepare & train students as per the industry requirements.

Therefore, if you are looking forward to making a career in the export field, refer to the listed below are a few job-oriented courses designed by AMHSSC keeping in mind the opportunities in the export sector:

1. Export Manager – An export manager is the one who manages the entire process of international shipment of goods. They analyze foreign trade logistics, manage shipment related documents and ensure shipping compliance.

Professional Attributes – The applicant must have a sound knowledge of Indian and Foreign trade policies and operations for effective management of the export business.

Duration of the course – 360 Hrs.

Minimum Educational Qualification – The minimum educational qualification required for this job role is preferably a master’s degree in the apparel field.

Minimum Job Entry Age – 18 years

From where can students do the course of Export Manager?
The training can be undertaken from one of the various training centers, affiliated with the Council, offering this course.

Work Experience – The person should have preferably 1 – 2 years of work experience in the export department.

Job Opportunities – Work as an Export Manager in Export Houses.

Salary Package – approx. 23,000/- per month

2. Export Executive – An Export Executive plans and coordinates the international shipment of goods. During their course of work, the person may negotiate with shippers, agents, and vendors. While dealing with customers/buyers, they are expected to have excellent customer service skills.

Professional Attributes – An individual should have a good knowledge of Indian and Foreign trade policies and operations to guarantee effective management of the export business. One must possess strong communication skills.

Duration of the course – 270 Hrs.

Minimum Educational Qualification – The minimum educational qualification required for this job role is preferably graduation in any stream.

Minimum Job Entry Age – 18 years

From where can students do the course of Export executives?

The training can be done from one of the various training centers, affiliated with the Council, offering this course

Work Experience – The individual should have preferably 1 – 2 years of work experience in the export department.

Job Opportunities – The person can work as an Export Executive in Export Houses

Salary Package – approx. Rs.18,000/- per month

Export Assistant – An Export Assistant is the person who manages the overall processes in the export department of a company, which includes management of all shipment related documents, interpret export financing methods & terms of payment, comprehend the foreign trade procedures and practices and handle the central excise/ customs clearance.

Professional Attributes – He/she should have the ability to take independent decisions for his/her area of work. He/she must follow accurately defined procedures and have high-quality attention to detail.

Duration of the course – 270 Hrs.

Minimum Educational Qualification – The minimum educational qualification required for this job role is preferably 12 th pass out.

Minimum Job Entry Age – 18 years

From where can students do the course of Export Assistant?

The training can be done from one of the various training centers, affiliated with the Council, offering this course

Work Experience – The individual should have preferably 1 – 2 years of work experience in the export department.

Job Opportunities – The person can work as an Export Assistant in an Export House

Salary Package – approx. Rs12,000/- per month

A career in the import-export industry can offer exciting and fulfilling opportunities, however it requires commitment and dedication.

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