This Qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible so that people are able to demonstrate the competencies required to work safely and productively at a strategic level in the freight forwarding and customs compliance environment. Recipients of the Qualification will have the knowledge and skills to assume a managerial role in the international supply chain sector.

1International tradeAn overview of international trade.

The Ricardian Model- Comparative advantage.

Heckscher – Ohlin model.

The standard trade model.

Trade policy instruments

WTO/ Trade agreements

2International trade law & policy International trade: defining features.

Appraising the foundations of international trade policy.

Foundation of international trade law.

Current issues in international governance.

3Introduction to freight forwardingAn overview of the international freight forwarding industry.

International organisations in freight forwarding industry.

FIATA documents.

Financial and legal requirements.

Transport geography and special transport services.

4Trade facilitation An overview of trade facilitation.

WTO Agreement on trade facilitation.

WCO Revised Kyoto Convention.

Non-tariff barriers and reporting system.

Trade facilitation in RECs (SADC, SACU, COMESA and AfCFTA)

Customs modernisation case studies (e.g. Mauritius, Uganda, and Rwanda).

Botswana`s experiences.

5Modes of transportSea transport

Maritime containers

Multimodal transport

Air transport

Road transport

Rail transport

Inland waterway

6InsuranceBusiness environment

Legal environment: carriage of goods by sea, road and rail

Scope of cover: marine cargo insurance; haulage contractor’s liability

Risk profiles of typically traded goods

Further aspects of Risk


7Dangerous goodsSafety advisor

Classification of dangerous goods.

Packing, tank and vehicle provisions

Marking, labelling and placarding

8LogisticsDefinition of terms

Outsourcing logistics

Logistics strategy

Quality customer service and integrated logistics

9Customs proceduresHS classification

WTO Valuation

Rules of origin

Removal in transit

10Safety & securityDefinition of terms (safety & security)

Safety and security in the freight forwarding industry.

General provisions and participant safety obligations.

Handling and stowage.

Vehicle crew and training

Security provisions and vehicle supervision

Cause of accidents involving dangerous goods.

Consequences of accidents involving dangerous goods

11International maritime lawLaw of contract

Bills of Lading Contracts and Charter parties.

Marine Insurance Law

Admiralty Law & General Average.

Payment & Finance for International Trade.

Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation

12Freight forwarding and the digital economyDefinition and Development of e-commerce

E-Commerce marketing

E-Commerce legal & security issues

E- Commerce implementation costs

Steps to start-up on-line business

Steps to set-up e-commerce website for advertising purposes

Digitalisation and international trade

Digitalisation in freight industry

13Freight forwarding and the gender equalityTrade and Gender Linkages

The Economy as a Gendered Structure

The Trade and Gender Relationship

Mainstreaming Gender in Trade Policy

The Effects of Trade on Women’s Well-being and Economic Empowerment.

Women as Producers Women as Consumers

Women as Taxpayers

Gender-Based Inequalities and Trade Performance

The Unsustainability of an Export Strategy Based on Gender Inequality

Mainstreaming gender in the freight industry

14Research methods Course overview

Literature reviews and data base searches.

Research Ethics

Qualitative Methods

Quantitative Methods

Research Analysis

How to write up a research project (e.g. Dissertation)

Verbal Presentations on research proposals


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