Freight and Cargo Inspectors

Government & Public Administration > Governance

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Inspect the handling, storage, and stowing of freight and cargoes.

Common job titles of Freight and Cargo Inspectors include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 43.1% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 26.01% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Calculate gross and net tonnage, hold capacities, volumes of stored fuel and water, cargo weights, and ship stability factors, using mathematical formulas.

    Write certificates of admeasurement that list details such as designs, lengths, depths, and breadths of vessels, and methods of propulsion.

    Inspect loaded cargo, cargo lashed to decks or in storage facilities, and cargo handling devices to determine compliance with health and safety regulations and need for maintenance.

    Prepare and submit reports after completion of freight shipments.

    Issue certificates of compliance for vessels without violations.

    Recommend remedial procedures to correct any violations found during inspections.

    Observe loading of freight to ensure that crews comply with procedures.

    Record details about freight conditions, handling of freight, and any problems encountered.

    Inspect shipments to ensure that freight is securely braced and blocked.

    Determine types of licenses and safety equipment required, and compute applicable fees such as tolls and wharfage fees.

    Measure heights and widths of loads to ensure they will pass over bridges or through tunnels on scheduled routes.

    Post warning signs on vehicles containing explosives or flammable or radioactive materials.

    Read draft markings to determine depths of vessels in water.

    Determine cargo transportation capabilities by reading documents that set forth cargo loading and securing procedures, capacities, and stability factors.

    Check temperatures and humidities of shipping and storage areas to ensure that they are at appropriate levels to protect cargo.

    Direct crews to reload freight or to insert additional bracing or packing as necessary.

    Notify workers of any special treatment required for shipments.

    Measure ships' holds and depths of fuel and water in tanks, using sounding lines and tape measures.

    Advise crews in techniques of stowing dangerous and heavy cargo.

    Time rolls of ships, using stopwatches.


X ray scanners

Ullage tapes

Sounding lines

Sample containers

Programmable calculators

Portable electronic thermometers

Personal computers

All Tools


Measuring rods

Laptop computers


Handheld computers

Hand magnifying lenses

Grease guns

Digital cameras

Desktop computers

Centrifugal testers

Cargo scales


Calibrated measuring tapes

Bottom samplers

Automatic samplers


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


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