Freight Forwarding – Online Short Course

Course Overview

In this Freight Forwarding online course 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, the Customs and Excise Act.

The structure of the airfreight forwarding environment:

  • The role of the freight forwarder in the airfreight environment.
  • The reasons for using different airfreight services.
  • The different equipment used for the handling and transportation of air freighted cargo.
  • The operation of airports in the airfreight environment.

The structure of the surface freight forwarding environment:

  • The roles played by those involved in international multimodal logistics operations.
  • The infrastructure for the transport of internationally traded goods by surface.
  • The equipment used to pack and transport goods by surface freight.
  • The operation of ports and harbours in the surface freight environment.

Administration of freight forwarding & clearing operations:

  • The functions carried out in an airfreight export, import and consolidation operation.
  • The functions carried out by an over-border freight forwarding operation.
  • The functions carried out in a surface freight operation.
  • The clearing and compliance function in a forwarding operation.
  • The typical support functions within a freight forwarding organisation.
  • Marketing and sales in a freight forwarding organisation.

Basic invoicing and accounting principles: 

  • 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. 

The Customs and Excise Act: 

  • The rationale and scope of the current Customs and Excise Act.
  • The functions, responsibilities and powers of the Department of Trade and Industry in relation to Customs and Excise.
  • The key elements of the current Customs and Excise Act.
  • The consequences of non-compliance with Customs legislation.

Price and Duration 

The price of this course is R5900 incl. VAT and you may start this program anytime and should take approximately 10 weeks to complete on a part time basis.


This course is self-paced. You may begin at any time and should take approximately 10 weeks to complete on a part time basis.

Course Approval

This course contributes a total of 25 credits towards the National Certificate: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance, Unit Standard ID 59365 and is Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) accredited.

Course Delivery

The 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.

Entry Requirements

The only entry requirement for this 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

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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