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Essentials of Freight Forwarding
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Jan 05, 2021 Apr 05, 2021 Essentials of Freight Forwarding Online Virtual Classroom $525.00 CAD + Tax $690.00 CAD + Tax
Essentials of Freight Forwarding
  • Start Date: Jan 05, 2021
    Location: Online Virtual Classroom
    Member Fee: $525.00 CAD + Tax
    Non-Member Fee: $690.00 CAD + Tax

Understanding how buyers and sellers manage risk with a variety of international payment methods, cargo insurance, properly completed commercial documents and appropriate export packaging leads students to learning how forwarders offer alternative transport solutions and costing and quoting to their clients.  Certificates of completion are provided to students successfully completing the International Freight Forwarding Courses.

Locations: Online Virtual Classroom
Exam Location: Online
Certificate : CIFFA Certificate provided on completion of this course and International Transportation and Trade
Final passing grade (%) : 70
Certificate Expiry : N/A

Successful completion of International Transportation and Trade is recommended.  

Schedule & Topics:

This Online Virtual Classroom session begins in January 2021. To start the course before then, please consider our Online On Demand option.  Students will attend weekly scheduled live online sessions led by CIFFA certified instructors, which provide an opportunity to ask questions in a live chat, interact with fellow students and participate in quizzes and other interactive activities.  Students are provided with e-textbook, which is downloadable on up to three devices, fully searchable and has text-to-speech capability, online lessons, and exercises to complement their learning.  Students are expected to complete all online lessons and exercises and attend all live sessions.


  • Start date: 5 January 2021
  • End date: 5 April 2021
  • Classes: Tuesdays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST


  • Commercial Documentation and Regulatory Compliance
  • International Payments
  • Export Packaging and Warehousing
  • Cargo Insurance
  • Cargo Security and Dangerous Goods
  • Alternative Transport Solutions
  • Costing and Quoting
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and complete the most-commonly-used commercial documents
  • Recognize the Canadian import and export procedures
  • Identify various methods of international payment and the advantages and risks of each to exporters and importers
  • Describe the role of each party involved in the successful execution of a letter of credit
  • Discuss the definitions contained in UCP 600
  • Interpret the conditions on a letter of credit
  • Identify the types and suitability of packaging for shipments moved by all modes of transport
  • Distinguish the types of warehouses available and their effective layout and design to improve efficiencies
  • Recognize the benefits of cargo insurance
  • Calculate the insurance premium
  • Recognize security weaknesses in the supply chain
  • Identify dangerous goods in a shipment and the transportation documentation required
  • Analyze factors influencing shipping alternatives
  • Select the most viable solution to facilitate the movement of client’s cargo
  • Prepare a quotation for multimodal movements
  • Calculate the profit/loss for a shipment
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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