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ID:  95746

Nashville. Tn, US

Customer Service Representative

APL, one of the world’s leading ocean carriers, offers more than 90 weekly services and call ports in over 50 countries worldwide. We provide container transportation through our international shipping network which combines high-quality intermodal operations with advanced technology, equipment and e-commerce.

APL  is part of the CMA CGM Group, a leading worldwide shipping group founded in 1978 by Jacques R. Saadé. CMA CGM has a global presence thanks to its numerous vessels calling various ports all over the world. CMA CGM has grown continuously, and has been constantly innovating to offer its clients new sea, land and logistics solutions. Headquartered in Marseilles, the Group has employees all over the world in hundreds of agencies.

With over 160 years of experience, APL has the knowledge and the expertise to help our customers grow their businesses and negotiate in an increasingly complex and ever-changing global marketplace – whether that is venturing into new territories or growing in already developed markets.

The Customer Service Representative serves as the primary customer interface for issues involving the tactical movement of cargo.  This includes providing status updates, customs clearance information, cashier and documentation clearances for inbound cargo and processing bookings for export shipments.  The primary interface with internal and external customers is via telephone; however some email communication is required, necessitating the need for both verbal and written communication skills.  The CSR works in a team environment, handling issues for customers in the United States and Canada.




  1. Provide rate information to customers accurately and timely.  This involves complex tariff lookup while customer is on the phone, and requesting bookings from customer or communicating customer rate quote activity to appropriate internal functions.
  2. Assist customers in tariff interpretation.  Includes ability to navigate through various tariffs’ rules and footnotes and apply to commodity look-up.
  3. Answer customer and trucker shipment availability inquiries.
  4. When customer calls to make a booking, follow process to meet customer’s booking needs.  This includes confirming space and equipment capacity, applicable rate as well as a summation of the order in the format of the customer’s choice. 
  5. Assist customers in changing the status of their bookings/shipments, including canceling, rolling, advancing, splitting, consolidating, diverting or returning.
  6. Accountable for answering inquiries about holds (regulatory and internal) and advising customers of actions that need to be taken to facilitate cargo availability.
  7. Provide accurate information to customers by reviewing and interpreting systems generated data as well as taking into account other sources of information that may be relevant to the customer inquiry.
  8. Answer customer inquiries about freight charges as well as payment status.
  9. Answer customer inquiries about container free time and associated charges.  May include creating and sending invoice as part of customer transaction.
  10. Capture sales leads that come up during customer transactions per defined processes.
  11. Capture customer dissatisfaction; this includes taking ownership and resolving if appropriate.
  12. Identify problems that come up during customer interaction and bring them to resolution per defined processes.
  13. Identify data, service or customer information integrity issues and take action to resolve.
  14. Actively participate in company initiatives to plan and implement ideas and suggestions that benefit APL.




  1. High school degree or equivalent required.
  2. 2+ years of previous customer service experience required.
  3. Typing 35 wpm (proficiency to be tested).
  4. Must possess excellent performance skills in the following areas:


Commitment to task     


Tolerance of ambiguity





  1. Must possess and demonstrate a self-confident, outgoing, professional service-oriented demeanor and the ability to handle customers via telephone with appropriate tone, diction and enthusiasm.
  2. Must possess dependability.
  3. Must possess a proven high-level performance record.
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. 
  5. Must have flexibility to work any shift from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  6. For Internal candidates:  Minimum three year work relevant transportation experience (including 6 months experience involving direct customer interaction) combining any three of the following areas: 


International Tariffs            

Ocean Documentation                          


Freight Cashier                   

Sales/Customer Service     



Cargo Delivery


Must demonstrate an acceptable level of knowledge in each area.  Equivalent training in the Customer Service Center may be substituted for the above.


  1. Excellent attendance record during the past 12 months.






  1. Bachelor’s degree or some college coursework preferred.
  2. Experience in the transportation industry is preferred.
  3. Experience in team-based environment and Quality tools and techniques preferred.


  1. Teamwork
  2. Respect
  3. Integrity
  4. Innovation
  5. Customer Focus

APL is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

Alternative application methods are available for individuals who are unable to use or access our online application system.    For assistance, please contact us at Applicant_Assistance@apl.com.









Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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