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Import and Compliance Specialist

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Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0017167
Date Posted: Apr 28, 2023
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Company Name: Sullair, LLC
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

The Import and Compliance Specialist is responsible for transportation and compliance tasks with a focus on import and export trade compliance.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Execute the US HTS / EU HS classification process. Build and maintain an HTS database by properly classifying Sullair’s products for import and export shipments (as well as EU HS for European shipments).
  • Work closely with Sullair’s customs broker(s) to ensure that they have the information that they need to properly clear Sullair’s import shipments. Audit entries as part of the post entry process.
  • US export controls compliance – Monitor automated processes for denied parties screening (including doing manual checks as required) and provide support for ECCN use. ECCN classification is not a task handled by the Import and Compliance Specialist.
  • Provide support to ensure that all US export controls regulations are followed and perform company training as needed. Also, perform an annual audit of Sullair’s export controls processes (as directed by Hitachi).
  • Remove compliance-related blocks on export orders (missing HTS classification, country of origin, ECCN, denied parties).
  • Ensure compliance on FTAs (free trade agreements) by collecting certificates of origin from vendors and providing Sullair’s certificates as needed.
  • Assist with determination of country of origin when necessary (i.e., kits).
  • Become certified for hazardous materials transportation and provide guidance and training as necessary.
  • Update and maintain standard work (SOPs) for all relevant tasks.
  • Manage records for all tasks while following record retention regulations.
  • Any other compliance related tasks that may be required.
  • Assist as a backup for import transportation tasks.



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Professional experience:

  • At least 2 years of US HTS classification experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Strong grasp of MS Office suite (including the ability to develop and maintain an Excel or Access database)
  • Ability to navigate and understand U.S. Government import/export regulations.
  • Experience with reading technical drawings a plus.
  • SAP Experience a plus

Key behaviors:

  • Attention to detail is very important
  • High energy and self-motivated
  • Takes responsibility and ownership for their work
  • Comfortable with training others individually or in groups
  • Ability to communicate at a technical level, but also capable of explaining complex information in non-technical terms
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Sullair’s Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Sullair is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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