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Specialized Freight Services
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Specialized Freight Services

Moving beyond the ordinary, Specialized Freight Services explores the details of project cargo and air and ocean chartering.  Extensive portion is devoted to customs and regulatory compliance leading students to the topic of transportation law and legal liability, including standard trading conditions.

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 Advanced Certificate provided on completion of this course and all other three certificate programs
Final passing grade (%) : 70
Certificate Expiry : N/A

Successful completion of International Transportation and Trade and Essentials of Freight Forwarding is recommended.

Schedule & Topics:

This Online Virtual Classroom session begins in September 2019. To start the course before then please consider our Online On Demand option.

Weekly online classes are taught live by CIFFA certified instructors using advanced webinar software: 

  • These live sessions are recorded and posted on the CIFFA learning portal the next day, so if a class is missed, students can easily catch up
  • Students can ask questions in a live chat, or verbally by using their computer’s microphone.
  • Break out groups and group assignments can be administered during the virtual classroom sessions.
  • Students are provided with access to online lessons and exercises to complement their learning.


  • Start date: 11 September 2019
  • End date: 9 December 2019
  • Classes: Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST  Note: Attending the online class is OPTIONAL


  • About Ships
  • Chartering a Vessel
  • Chartering an Aircraft
  • Project Cargo
  • Customs
  • Transportation Law and Legal Liability
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe types of ships and their use
  • Describe different types of marine terminals, their operation and equipment used
  • Identify the key aspects of chartering a vessel
  • Describe different types of charter available
  • Describe chartering terms and the contract
  • Describe why and how to charter an aircraft
  • Identify the terms of the contract and compliance 
  • Describe the process of awarding a project
  • Describe how a project is handled and how to avoid costly mistakes
  • Describe customs processes, voluntary compliance and doing business with CBSA
  • Identify the basic principles of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Interpret the structure of the Harmonized System (HS)
  • Describe the release systems and accounting process
  • Identify the benefits of the Customs Self-Assessment Program (CSA), Advance Commercial Information (ACI) and        the components of the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)
  • Analyze complications and advanced issues in customs procedures
  • Define the terms “law” and “legal liability” and identify the sources of law in Canada
  • List areas regulated by federal and provincial governments
  • Define the role of and list the international conventions important in international transportation
  • Describe the elements of a binding contract and available remedies
  • Outline the obligations, roles and responsibilities of the customer and the freight forwarder under the CIFFA               Standard Trading Conditions
  • Identify insurance matters and risk management
Target Audience:

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

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