Essential Import Export Procedures Online Course


In this Essential Import Export online course gain the fundamental knowledge of the International Trade cycle.  Learn how to to plan for the exporting and importing of goods. The various documentary requirements. Factors influencing the costs and the risks involved. Understand the various role players. Methods of payment and the precautionary measures one can take. An overview of containers and types of shipping equipment.

Course Curriculum

Module 1- International Trade: 

The whole concept of international trade and its affects on the trade cycle and foreign currencies. The learner will be able to explain bilateral/multilateral trade agreements and the impact of imposing tariffs to imports. (Unit Standard: 252429 Credits: 6)

Module 2- ICC Incoterms ® 2020 Rules: 

In-depth explanation of The Incoterms® used in the contract of sale effecting buyers and sellers risks and obligations. (Unit Standard: 252437 Credits: 3)

Module 3-  Planning an Export Sales Transaction: 

Process an export order and an export transaction. Draw up a pro-forma invoice. Compile the documentation for an export transaction and arrange forward exchange cover for them. Learners will also be able to obtain and process authorisation to ensure export compliance. Monitor the delivery of the export goods and administer payment and claims against invoice. (Unit Standard: 252418 Credits: 6)

Module 4- Planning an Import Transaction: 

Determine material needs and analyse overseas supply contracts in order to recommend alternative methods of shipment to the client. Learn how to submit applications regarding import control to the relevant parties. Communicate foreign exchange commitments to affected parties and how to obtain approval for forward cover where required. (Unit Standard: 252432 Credits: 6)

Module 5- International Trade Documentation:

The different areas of trade which are regulated, the bodies responsible and the actions required to comply with the different regulations. (Unit Standard: 252413 Credits: 8)


This course is self-paced. You may begin at any time and should take approximately 12 weeks to complete on a part time basis. 

Course Approval

This course contributes a total of 29 credits towards the National Certificate: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance, SAQA Qualification ID: 59365 and is Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) accredited.

Course Delivery

The Essential Import Export Procedures online short course is delivered through the School of Shipping Online Learning website.  A Subject Matter Expert will provide you with academic support through the learning website. A Course Coordinator will also be available on email/telephone to provide you with administrative support.

Assessment and Award of the Certificate

Each module has a formative and summative assessment which you will need to achieve a mark of 60% or higher for to receive the certification.

Entry Requirements

In order to do this course you will require:

  • An email account
  • Access to a computer and the internet
  • Be able to open and read PDF documents
  • Maths literacy and English or working experience
  • A keen desire to learn and advance your career


This course is applicable to being delivered in house in house at your company premises, please contact us for a separate quotation.



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