This position is highly stressful. I'm working as a Logistics Coordinator for a Customs Broker in the Port of Los Angeles. The pay is very little for what you're expected to do. A Customs Broker clears cargo containers that come into the Port by the thousands on a weekly basis. There is so much paperwork involved that it's unbelievable! To clear the containers, a Customs Broker has to file all of the legal documents, certificates, etc.
The pay is very little and you work long, hard days at a fast pace & put in a lot of overtime that you're not paid for because the company hires you as a salaried employee. Salaried employees are paid a straight 40 hour work week. Any overtime at the company I work for is not paid. Yet, there is so much work that has to be done, its mandatory that you work overtime!
The reason there is such high pressure with this type of job is that most all logistic jobs means working in a time frame. In my case, the cargo ships that come into the Port of Los Angeles have about a 7 day in and out period of time. This means all of the paperwork has to be done within a certain time frame. And since it has to do with U.S. Customs and the FDA, if you don't get the paperwork done in the alotted amount of time, your customers that you're clearing the cargo for can be penalized, fined; ships get demurge, truckers get held up, etc.
Its a very hard job and very stressful. It's like being in the hot seat everyday, all day long. The containers can be carrying goods that total cost could be in the thousands up to a couple of million dollars depending on what type of goods they are. That's the bottom line. If a Logistics Coordinator isn't doing a good job or staying on top of their game, numerous things can go wrong. And remember, this involves the U.S. Customs Dept. and the FDA. These guys are about as high as you can get when it comes to making any mistakes and being told so by them! They can turn around and yank your brokers license