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Customs Entry Officer

Company: Department Of Homeland Security
Location: Hidalgo
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

* Duties




As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.

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Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Center of Excellence and Expertise. The selections will be made and oversight of these positions will be maintained by the Field Offices, but the physical locations of the positions will remain in the duty location chosen.

Field Office Center:

Atlanta- Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising (CPMM)

Buffalo- Industrial & Manufacturing Materials (IMM)

Chicago- Base metals (BM)

Detroit- Automotive & Aerospace (AA)

Houston- Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals (PNGM)

Laredo- Machinery (MACH)

Los Angeles- Electronics (ELEC)

Miami- Agriculture & Prepared Products (APP)

New York- Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals (PHC)

San Francisco- Apparel, Footwear & Textiles (AFT)

This position is located in an organization within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations, Center of Excellence and Expertise (Center). The primary purpose of this position is to provide advanced training in the analytical and judgmental aspects of entering merchandise and goods into the United States; and to learn about marketing efforts for various automated systems and for new programs. The primary mission of CBP is to detect and prevent terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the United States, enforce applicable laws, and facilitate the orderly and efficient flow of legitimate trade and lawful travelers. This position starts at a salary of $43,683.00 (GS-07, Step 1) to $69,462.00 (GS-09, Step 10) with promotion potential to $100,739 (GS-12 Step 10).

In this Customs Entry position, you will become a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals responsible for a wide range of admissibility and control requirements. Typical work assignments include:

* Analyzing and reviewing entry and related documents to build familiarity with requirements. * Determining rates of duty, classification of merchandise, and entry requirements. * Providing established information on clearly established legal procedural rulings, describing importers' and brokers' rights under law and regulation and answering questions on established procedures for filing protests, claims and requests for reliquidation. * Reviewing the ACE protest and claims module for accountability, accurate tracking, and proper disposition

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1894 Customs Entry And Liquidating

* Requirements



Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position * Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service * Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below) * You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph * CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures * As an employee of CBP, you will be joining a workforce that is dedicated to accomplishing our mission while maintaining the trust of our Nation by strictly adhering to all government ethics standards. Your conduct will be subject to the ethics rules applicable to all Executive Branch employees, and to CBP employees specifically, as well as the criminal conflict of interest statutes. Once you enter on duty, these rules include obtaining approval for outside employment or business activity, to ensure such employment or business activity is not prohibited and does not interfere or conflict with performance of your official duties. Please review further details via the following link.


Experience: You qualify for the GS-7 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:

* Working with and observing a higher graded entry specialist in the processing of entries * Examining assigned entry forms, invoices, entry permits, and other forms * Applying conversion tables of foreign weights and measures and verifying the conversion of foreign currency to United States currency as submitted on the assigned entry * Searching for and assembling pertinent information from office files and records.


Education Substitution: GS-7: You may substitute the successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.

Experience: You qualify for the GS-9 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:

* Examining assigned entry forms, invoices, affidavits, etc., and initially classify the entered merchandise; estimating the correctness of the dutiable and non dutiable charges as entered by the importer or his agent; assuring that the importer or agent has the right to make entry. * Checking the conversion of foreign weights and measures to United States units and the conversion of foreign currency to United States currency at the prevailing rates of exchange; and recommending the acceptance or rejection of the entry as presented. * Knowledge of automated systems such as Automated Commercial System (ACS), Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), and Automated Manifest System (AMS) is required along with knowledge of a range of processing functions related to importation of merchandise including an understanding of various functions associated with the importation of merchandise in order to determine if all requirements have been met.

GS-9: You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education in a qualifying field or a J.D or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.


Combining Experience and Education: To combine your education and experience, you must convert each to a percentage, and then add the percentages. The combined total of your percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level, by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. Add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100%.???????You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience or substitution of education, if applicable, as described above and meet the basic requirement listed below

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must:

* Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and * Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 04/30/2021.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. . For more information visit this link.

Polygraph Examination: The Customs Entry Officer position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination.

Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.

Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency waiver by meeting one or more of the following conditions:

* Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military * A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government * Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university * Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.


Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Keywords: Department Of Homeland Security, McAllen , Customs Entry Officer, Other , Hidalgo, Texas

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