Freight Forwarding Online Short Course
Freight Forwarding online short Course Overview
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This Freight Forwarding online short Course is Accredited and Registered by SAQA, This course is aimed at Candidates that are looking to get into the Freight Forwarding Industry and include currently employed staff that need training to cut down on procedural errors that impact on the bottom line.
Candidate Target: Import / Export administrators / Controllers / Clerks
In this Freight Forwarding online short course you will learn about the role of the Freight Forwarder in the airfreight environment, the structure of the surface freight environment, the administration of forwarding and clearing, basic invoicing and accounting, Incoterms 2020 Rules , Maritime Geography and Cargo routing, Tariff Classification, International Trade.
Course Modules: What you will Learn in this Freight Forwarding online short course
Module 1: The structure of the airfreight forwarding environment:
(Unit Standard 252427 Credits :4)
- The respective roles of the international regulatory and industry representative bodies are described in terms of their impact on airfreight forwarding. (Range: The international regulatory and industry representative bodies are the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), The International Air Cargo Association and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA).
- The parties involved in airfreight are identified in terms of moving air freighted cargo door to door.
- The roles of the parties involved in airfreight are described in order to identify areas of responsibility.
- The forwarder’s responsibilities are described from the perspective of planning, organising and controlling the movement of internationally traded cargo.
- The purposes of different air waybills are described in terms of their being the prime airfreight documents. (Range: Airwaybills includes master and house airwaybills)
- The reasons for choosing airfreight are explained in terms of satisfying importers` and exporters` requirements.
- Buyers` and sellers` respective roles in selecting required airfreight services are identified with reference to the Incoterms®.
- The advantages and disadvantages of the different airfreight services are discussed in relation to importers` and exporters` needs. (Range: Airfreight services includes straight, consolidated and charter)
- The consequences of using an inappropriate airfreight service are described in terms of the relationship of the importer and/or exporter with the forwarder
- Cargo handling and securing equipment is identified for airfreight cargo. (Range: Cargo handling equipment includes but is not limited to: Forklifts, gantry cranes, roller beds, slip sheets rope, slings nets, tie downs)
- The equipment used in flight operations is identified for the unitisation and securing of airfreighted cargo. (Range: Equipment used in flight operations includes, but is not limited to platforms, unit load devices (ULD’s), slings, crates, nets, tie downs)
- The requirements of different cargo types are differentiated in terms of cargo handling and flight operations equipment.(Range: Cargo types may include but is not limited to general cargo, abnormal cargo, perishable cargo, refrigerated cargo, live animals, human remains and other goods listed by IATA under Class Rates)
- The facilities used at airports are identified for airfreighted cargo. (Range: Facilities may include but is not limited to airline and forwarder bond stores, customs facilities, plant and other inspection facilities, cargo collection and handover facilities)
- The conventions used to identify international airports are explained in terms of the ISO codes.
- The method used to route cargo internationally is explained in terms of forwarding procedures.
Module 2:The structure of the surface freight forwarding environment:
(Unit Standard 252424 Credits :4)
- The impact of international regulatory and industry representative bodies is described in terms of surface freight forwarding industry. (Range: International regulatory and industry representative bodies includes United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNTAG), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Customs Organisation (WCO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Bank, Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).
- The seafreight industry is described in terms of the services provided for importers and exporters. (Range: Services provided may include but is not limited to tramp operations, liner operations, break bulk and containerised.)
- The respective roles of the different role players in executing international surface logistics operations is explained in terms of the value they add to importers and exporters.
- The role of the freight forwarder is described in terms of designing and executing international logistics systems. (Range: The prime documents requirements for the different modes and nodes of transport are identified for the execution of international surface transport operations.)
- The prime documents requirements for the different modes and nodes of transport are identified for the execution of international surface transport operations. (Range: Prime document requirements may include but is not limited to documents that are an absolute requirement for the execution of a surface operation: Bill of lading, Rail/Road Consignment note, Commercial invoice and Port Trading Documents.)
- South Africa`s road and rail infrastructure is described in the context of movement of imports and exports.
- The facilities provided by cargo handling installations are described in relation to surface freight operations. (Range: Cargo handling installations may include but is not limited to ports and harbours, terminals, depots, sidings and warehouses.)
- Road vehicles are described in terms of their capabilities and limitations
- Rail trucks used to transport goods over-border and for export are described in terms of their capabilities and limitations.
- Types of vessel are identified for the transport of different cargoes. (Range: Types of vessel may include but is not limited to bulk, tanker, cellular, multi-purpose, Roll On-Roll Off (RORO), reefer, gas and livestock.)
- The facilities used at ports and harbours are identified for vessels and cargo. (Range: Facilities may include but is not limited to Quays, berths, shoreside gantries and cranes, floating cranes, bulk storage facilities, warehouses, liquid storage and pumping facilities, dry and graving docks.)
- The services provided in ports and harbours are identified for vessels and cargo. (Range: Services may include but is not limited to customs, port health, plant inspectorate, port captain, chandlers, stevedores, bunker services, tallying and, ships agencies)
Module 3:Administration of freight forwarding & clearing operations:
(Unit Standard: 252423 Credits: 5)
- The key performance areas of the airfreight export and airfreight import control functions are explained in the context of a freight forwarding organisation.
- The operations of the airfreight import deconsolidation function are described in terms of a freight forwarding and/or consolidation organisation.
- The operations of the airfreight export consolidation function are described in terms of a freight forwarding and/or consolidation organisation.
- The road and rail transport requirements of exporters and importers are described for an over-border freight forwarding operation. (Range: Transport requirements may include but are not limited to loading and securing, transit time, permits and routing.)
- The Customs and VAT compliance processes are described for an over-border freight forwarding operation.
- The customer service requirements are described of an over-border freight forwarding operation
- Value added by the surface freight function is described in terms of the key services of a surface freight function. (Range: Key services may include but is not limited to bulk, breakbulk, full container load, less than container load/groupage, road, rail, sea, and multimodal services.)
- Specialised services provided by the surface freight function are described in terms of a freight forwarding organisation. (Range: Specialised services may include but is not limited to projects, perishables, dangerous goods movement and insurance and finance services.)
- Customer service requirements of a surface operation are described for a forwarding organisation.
- Essential activities carried out by the clearing/compliance function are described for air and surface forwarding operations. (Range: Essential activities may include but are not limited to Customs clearance procedures, port/airport, carrier, depot, terminal release procedures and compliance with other statutory requirements such as port health.)
- Consultancy/advice services as rendered by the clearing/compliance function are described for a freight forwarding/customs broking operation. (Range: Consultancy/advice services may include but are not limited to Customs tariffing and valuation, tariff protection and relief and management of exposure to statutory charges.)
- Client service requirements of a Customs clearing and compliance operation are described for a forwarding organisation.
- The role of the Human Resources/Industrial Relations Department is described in terms of the value added to the competitiveness of a freight forwarding organisation.
- The information technology requirements of a freight forwarding organisation are described in terms of the visibility requirements of international supply chains.
- The importance of administering claims is explained in terms of client service requirements. (Range: Claims may include but are not limited to insurance, Customs and other statutory charge refunds.)
- The particular finance and accounting requirements of freight forwarders are described in terms of competitive advantage. (Range: Finance and accounting requirements may include but are not limited to cash flow management, VAT standard and zero rating differential requirements and foreign exchange requirements.)
Module 4 :Basic invoicing and accounting principles:
(Unit Standard: 252435 Credits: 6)
- Items of expenditure and revenue.
- Fixed and variable costs.
- Invoicing operations and post amounts to the appropriate accounts.
- Reconcile and identify individual transactions with statements of accounts.
- Identify and disburse the items on behalf of the organisation to be recovered in the invoicing process.
Module 5: 2- ICC Incoterms ® 2020 Rules:
(Unit Standard: 252437 Credits: 3)
In-depth explanation of The Incoterms® used in the contract of sale effecting buyers and sellers risks and obligations.
- What are Incoterms?
- History of Incoterms
- Purpose of Incoterms
- Structure of Incoterms
- Key changes in Incoterms 2020
- EXW – Ex Works
- FCA – Free Carrier
- FAS – Free Alongside Ship
- FOB – Free on Board
- CFR – Cost and Freight
- CIF – Cost, Insurance and Freight
- CPT – Carriage Paid To
- CIP – Carriage and Insurance Paid to
- DAP – Delivered at Place
- DPU – Delivered Place Unpacked
- DDP – Delivered Duty Paid
- Factors to consider when choosing an Incoterm
- How to select the right Incoterm for your transaction
- Avoiding common mistakes when using Incoterms
- Make recommendations
Module 6: Maritime Geography
(Unit standard 252417 Credits: 5)
This covers Inland Ports, Main Ports, Transshipment ports, Cargo Routing, Far east to Africa, Europe to RSA and Africa, South America and Islands, The Panama and Suez canal Routing, Piracy Areas, Malaysia and Middle East. The influence of 18000+ TEU vessels on Ports, Ports to avoid, Ports geared for certain commodities and their capacities and much more..
- Map reading techniques.
- Identification of key cargo routings, ports and airports.
- Factors influencing South Africa`s trade.
- Geographical locations of major airports are identified on a world map. (Range: Major airports may include but are not limited to the South African international airports and one international airport in each of Nigeria, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Canada, USA, and South America, each country in the European Union, Middle East, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia and New Zealand.)
- Geographical locations of major ports are identified on a world map. (Range: Major ports may include but are not limited to the South African international ports and one international port in each of Nigeria, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Canada, USA East Coast, USA West Coast, USA Gulf, and South America, each country in the European Union, Middle East, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia and New Zealand.)
- The major oceans, seas and waterways are located on a world map. (Range:
- Major oceans, seas and waterways may include but are not limited to Atlantic ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean and Artic Ocean.
- Major seas may include but are not limited to North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Bay of Biscay, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Bay of Bengal, Sea of Japan, East China Sea, South China Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
• Major waterways may include but are not limited to Mississippi River, Panama Canal, St Lawrence Seaway, English Channel, Mainz River, Bering Straits, Strait of Gibraltar, Suez Canal, Mozambique Channel, Strait of Malacca and Bass Strait.)
- The importance of the ability to read maps is explained in the context of freight forwarding. (Range: The importance refers to determining distances, time zones, climatic areas, constraints to cargo movement and political entities.)
- Various types of map are analysed in order to identify key geographic features. (Range: Key geographic features may include but is not limited to mountains, rivers, seas, oceans, continents, countries and lines of latitude and longitude.)
- Localities of points on the earth`s surface are explained by means of latitude and longitude.
- Distances are calculated using the scale of a map.
- Approximate heights of points on the earth`s surface are determined using maps.
Module 7: Customs Tariff Classification:
(Unit Standard: 252434 Credits: 8)
Learn how to use the Tariff Book to classify Goods according to the harmonised system.
- A brief history of the Harmonised System is given in accordance with the background of the World Customs Organisation (WCO).
- The purpose of Harmonised System is explained in terms of the World Customs Organisation (WCO).
- The Rules of Interpretation are explained in terms of the introduction to the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding system.
- The section, chapter and (sub)heading notes are used to classify given commodities.
- The concept of the eight digit (sub)heading is explained in order to be able to interpret what would be foreign, local or international heading given on an invoice.
- The commodity is categorised according to the South African Tariff up to the eight digit (sub)heading.(A minimum of 30 products must be classified)
- Mass for duty purposes is explained in order to differentiate between gross mass, net mass and legal mass.
- Conversion calculations are carried out in order to establish the units of measure for classification purposes.(Units of measure may include but are not limited to mass, volume, length, electrical, height, litreage.
Module 8: The Concept of International Trade
(Unit Standard: 252429 Credits: 6)
- Differences between local and international trade.
- Typical trade regulations.
- Tariff and non-tariff barriers.
- International bodies involved in determining international regulation.
- The trade cycles.
- Role players in the international trade cycle.
- Functions of the various parties including customs authorities, trade authorities, freight forwarders, clearing agent, ports, carriers, verification agencies, banks, insurance companies and the Reserve Bank.
- Modes of transport and forms of shipment.
- Protection and packing of cargo.
- Shipping services.
- Container transportation.
- Containers for sea freight, ULD’s for Airfreight
- Freight cost elements.
- Methods of payment.
Module 9 :The Regulations and Documentary Requirements which govern International Trade
(Unit Standard 252413 8 Credits)
- Location of legislation used to protect a country’s trade.
- Methods and techniques for applying legislation in international trade.
- Dangerous goods legislation for surface and airfreight of internationally traded goods.
- An overview of dangerous species moving across international borders.
- Types and sources of documentation required for internationally traded goods.
- Document flow
- Shipping instructions
- Clearing instructions
- Variable Costs
- Regulatory Documents Import
- Regulatory Documents Export
- The pro Forma
- The commercial Invoice
- The Bill of Lading
- The Airway bill
- Role Players their Functions and Documents generated
- Export Permits
- Import permits
- Letters of Credit
Price and Duration
This Freight Forwarding online short course can be started anytime and should take approximately 22 weeks to complete on a part time basis. The Cost for this course is R13965.00 The course can be purchased via our website directly , we offer, Credit Card , EFT , And Mobicred Payments via Secure Paygate, alternatively you can contact us directly for a payment plan.
This Freight Forwarding online short course is self-paced. You may begin at any time and should take approximately 20 weeks to complete on a part time basis.
This Freight Forwarding online short course contributes has a total of 49 credits , and utilises Unit Standards from the National Certificate Programs in Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance Levels 3 and 4
Course Delivery Online
The Freight Forwarding online short course is delivered through the School of Shipping Learning website and allows you to study at your own pace. You may begin and register any time. A Subject Matter Expert and will provide you with academic support through the learning website and a Course Coordinator will also be available on email and telephone to provide you with administrative support.
Assessment and Award of the Certificate
You are not required to write any exams, assessments are completed online. You will need to achieve a mark of at least 60% for each assessment to receive the certification. Should you not gain competency on your first attempt one more resubmission will be allowed at no additional cost.
The only entry requirement for this Freight Forwarding online short course is a desire to learn and advance your career. In order to do this course, you will need:
- An email account
- Access to a computer and the internet
- Be able to open and read PDF documents
- Read and write in the English language
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