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International Transportation and Trade
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International Transportation and Trade

This course introduces the student to air, ocean, truck and rail transportation and to the world geography over which goods move. Incoterms ®2020 outline the transfer of costs and risks between the seller and buyer.   

Certificates of completion are provided to students completing International Freight Forwarding Courses.

NOTE: The Virtual Classroom version of the course includes a copy of the e-textbook (which is downloadable on up to three device, fully searchable, and has text-to-speech capability). If students would prefer the printed textbook, it can be purchased directly from CIFFA for an additional fee.

Locations: Online Virtual Classroom
Exam Location: Online
Certificate : CIFFA Certificate provided on completion of this course and Essentials of Freight Forwarding program
Final passing grade (%) : 70
Certificate Expiry : N/A

There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Schedule & Topics:

This Online Virtual Classroom session begins in September 2020. To start the course before then please consider our Online On Demand option.

Recorded lectures, taught by CIFFA certified instructors and subject matter experts, will be released once a week for review by students.  

Students will attend scheduled live online sessions led by CIFFA certified instructors where they can ask questions in a live chat, interact with fellow students and participate in quizzes, break out groups, and other interactive activities administered during the virtual classroom sessions.

Students are provided with access to online lessons, exercises, and a downloadable e-textbook to complement their learning.

Students are expected to complete all online lessons and exercises and attend all live sessions.


  • Start date: 8 September 2020
  • End date: 7 December 2020
  • Live sessions: Tuesdays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST


  • Understanding Freight Forwarding
  • Terms of Trade
  • Land Transportation
  • Air Freight
  • Ocean Freight
Learning Objectives:
  • Define the duty of the CIFFA freight forwarder
  • Define the CIFFA Standard Trading Conditions
  • Define the role of the parties involved in an international trade movement
  • Identify gateway seaports and air freight hubs
  • Identify trade routes, intermodalism, etc.
  • Describe types of rail equipment
  • Calculate the chargeable truck freight weight
  • Complete a truck waybill
  • Calculate the chargeable air freight weight
  • Calculate the charge to the customer
  • Calculate profit and loss on a shipment
  • Determine the exact number and type of air freight containers required to move a shipment
  • Complete an air waybill
  • Calculate the chargeable ocean freight weight
  • Calculate the number and type of ocean containers needed to move a shipment
  • Complete an ocean bill of lading
  • Describe the importance of applying the correct Incoterm to a sales contract
  • Identify the specific point of transfer of costs and risks between the seller and buyer under each of the 11 Incoterms® 2010 rules.
Target Audience:

This course is primarily designed to meet the education needs of two main groups: Individuals who are new to the international transportation, trade, logistics and supply chain industries and need to acquire new skills and knowledge to become more employable, and those who are currently working in the international transportation, trade, logistics and supply chain industries, but wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge to advance their career.

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