Working for a Container Shipping Line

To a shipping industry outsider, working for an international shipping line can seem like a great exotic career that connects with many different cultures. Something about international business always makes people think there is constant travelling to different lands and meeting all kinds of interesting people. While sometimes this can be true, most of these wonderful experiences are not an every day event. Working for a shipping line is hard work. Whether you are in sales and marketing or port operations, there is a lot that goes into every day life in an international shipping company

It takes a lot of people to run a business that touches most every region of the world every day. Not only do the shipping lines work with the businesses who are importing or exporting containers, but they have contact with everyone involved in shipping cargo internationally. They work with everyone from international freight forwarders and customs brokers to local unions and government officials. It is no wonder that these companies are some of the largest in the world. The larger shipping carriers like Maersk and CMA-CGM are among the biggest influences. They have a lot of employees and arguably the most contacts throughout the world. As a result some people think they also have the most influence when it comes to international trade.

No matter what influences they have, working for companies like these can be a great career move. Not only are there opportunities for growth, but international logistics is one of the more stable areas of international business.