Admission is ongoing

Background This Course

Globalization of markets and production has created many opportunities to the business and the economies in both developed and developing countries. As the world spins into the first decade of the twenty-first century, dramatic and swift transformations are taking place in international trade: growing liberalization of trading systems; expansion of regional economic integrations; excessive cross country purchases; and increasing connectedness with customers and marketing partners due to major advances in information, communication, and transportation technologies where by transport and delivery are key aspect of modern business.

In the modern business environment of just in time production and delivery, it has become even more important that traders are guaranteed fast and predictable time release of their goods. The traders are constantly concerned with the delay of clearing goods because it increases cost to their businesses. Delays in the release of goods are attributed to the complicated and non- transparent procedural requirements, bank transfer arrangements, documentary requirements and high cost of processing information. Administrative hurdles in customs and tax procedures, clearances and cargo inspections) contribute to 75% of trade facilitation delays in most African ports (World Bank, 2005).

Custom clearing and forwarding is one of the most significant parts of overseas transportation for both importers and exporters. The entire process involves many aspects. These include
Calculation of fees for: Transportation, Taxes, Excise Duties etc. A customer clearing agent
engages in communicating with both national as well as international government agencies. This is done on the behalf of importer and exporter. There are several reasons that you would require hiring services of a reputed custom clearance service agent. Some of the major reasons include Perfect shipment services, Guarantee safety of all your shipments, Safe arrival of shipment to desired destination, Hassle free custom clearance of goods, No worries related to talking to the custom officials, lack of efficient custom practices and careless custom practices have made people look for better services.

What you will gain

At the end of this course, participants will be able to;
 Work for a clearing and forwarding company or agent
 Secure a position in the Freight Forwarding industry
 Be eligible for advancement within your company
 Be confident that you are professionally trained and equipped for the Freight Forwarding

What you will learn

Module 1: Introduction to Clearing & Forwarding and Terminologies

Module 2: The Freight Forwarding Business
• The Role of Freight Forwarders
• Early Days of Freight Forwarding
• Capitalization and Assets
• Forwarders Business Structure
• The Container Export Transaction in 10 Easy Steps
• The Container Import Transaction in 10 Easy Steps
• Relationship between Forwarders and Client
• FIATA Model Rules for Freight Forwarding Services
• Information Technology in Forwarding

Module 3: Transport Modes
• Intermodal Freight versus Multimodal Freight
• What is shipping
• Airfreight
• Road Transport
• Rail Transport
• Route and Transport Mode selection

Module 4: Shipping Role Players
• Exporter and Importer
• Ocean Carrier and Ship Owner
• Shipping Agents
• International Ocean Freight Forwarders
• Inland Carriers
• Ship Brokers
• Cargo Brokers
• Customs and Excise
• Ports, Harbors and Terminal Operators
• Depots and Warehouses
• Strategic co-operation between Carriers
• Marine Insurance
• Maritime Associations

Module 5: Vessel and Cargo Types
• Vessel Types
• Cargo Types
• Break Bulk Shipping
• Bulk Shipping
• Tramp Service
• Liner Service
• Types of Containers
• Loading and Unloading Containers
• Container securing
• Load securing in containers

Module 6: Goods Classification and Duties
• The Role of Customs and Excise
• Goods Classification
• Customs Administrations
• Customs Bonded Warehouse
• Duty Calculation for Imports
• Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade
• Special Tariffs
• VAT and International Trade

Module 7: International Customs and Shipping Documentation
• Enquiry Documents
• Instruction Documents
• Transport Documents
• Insurance Documents
• Customs Documents
• Inspection Documents
• Finance Documents
• Standard Operating Procedures

Module 8: International Trade Law and Sales Contracts
• What is International Trade
• Law in International Trade
• Preparing and International Sales Contract
• Model Sales Contract

Module 9: Incoterms
• Introduction to Incoterms
• Selecting Terms
• 2010 revision
• Terminology
• Rules for any Mode or Modes of Transport
• Rules for Sea and Inland Waterway Transport

Module 10: International Payments
• Methods of Payment
• Documentary Collection
• Letters of Credit
• Uniform Customs and Practice (UCP 600)

Module 11: Forwarding Operations
• Dangerous Goods Overview
• Groupage

• Protection and Packaging of Goods
• Weight to Volume Comparisons
• Freight Desk Operations
• Detailing the Freight Costs

Target Group

This course is aimed at a person wishing to enter the Freight Forwarding Industry, a new recruit
starting in the industry, a receptionist or assistant in the Forwarding industry or someone who
wishes to complement or certify their existing knowledge base. It is also relevant for;

 Clearing and forwarding agents
 Exporters and Importers
 Ocean Carrier and Ship Owners
 Shipping Agents
 International Ocean Freight Forwarders
 Inland Carriers
 Ship Brokers
 Cargo Brokers
 Customs and Excise duty agents
 Ports, Harbors and Terminal Operators
 Depots and Warehouses
 Strategic co-operation between Carriers
 Marine Insurance
 Maritime Associations
 Logisticians

Meet the team

  • Duration:

8 weeks

  • Mode of Delivery:

Online or Face to face

  • Cost:

$ 500 – Uganda
$ 600 – International

  • Email :
  • Phone :

+256 704663022

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