CIFFA Education / FIATA Diploma Course

CIFFA Education

Specialized Freight Services
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On Demand N/A Specialized Freight Services Online $605.00 CAD + Tax $710.00 CAD + Tax
Specialized Freight Services
  • Start Date: On Demand
    Location: Online
    Member Fee: $605.00 CAD + Tax
    Non-Member Fee: $710.00 CAD + Tax

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 online version of the course does NOT include a printed copy of the textbook; students are given access to an e-textbook. Printed copies of the textbook can be purchased directly from CIFFA for an additional fee.

Locations: Online
Exam Location: Online
Certificate : Certificates of completion are provided to students completing International Freight Forwarding Courses
Final passing grade (%) : 70
Certificate Expiry : N/A

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

Schedule & Topics:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Online On Demand course begins immediately upon completing registration. If you are not prepared to start the course, do not complete the registration process. 


CIFFA’s Online On Demand courses are a self-paced study program where students work through the course materials on their own, without a weekly schedeule. Students must complete all lessons, exercises and the final exam within 4 months of their registration date

Students are given access to pre-recorded lectures by subject matter experts.


  • About Ships
  • Chartering a Vessel
  • Chartering an Aircraft
  • Project Cargo
  • Customs - Government Process and Compliance
  • Customs - Transaction Basics
  • Customs - Complications and Advanced Issues
  • 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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