CIFFA Education / International Freight Forwarding Courses

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Essentials of Freight Forwarding
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On Demand N/A Essentials of Freight Forwarding Online $525.00 CAD + Tax $690.00 CAD + Tax
Essentials of Freight Forwarding
  • Start Date: On Demand
    Location: Online
    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
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 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. 

Schedule and Materials:

CIFFA’s Online On Demand courses are a self-paced study program.  Students progress through the course materials on their own, without a weekly schedule. 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.  These materials and the final exam must be completed within 4 months of the registration date.   


  • 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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