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 payments, cargo insurance, properly completed commercial documents and export packaging leads students to where they can offer professional costing and quoting and alternative solutions to their clients. 

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 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.


  • International Payments
  • Export Packaging and Warehousing
  • Commercial Documentation
  • Transportation Insurance
  • Cargo Security and Dangerous Goods
  • Costing and Quoting
  • Alternative Methods of Transportation
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify various methods of international payment and the risks to the exporter and importer in each
  • Describe the role of each party involved in the successful execution of a letter of credit
  • Identify types of letter of credit and their usage
  • Identify terminology, definitions and documents contained in UCP 600
  • Interpret the conditions on a letter of credit
  • Complete commercial documents
  • Identify types and suitability of packaging for shipments moved by ocean and air
  • Identify the types of warehouses available and their effective layout and design to improve efficiencies
  • Complete step-by-step procedures for successful insurance claims handling, including timing and documentation requirements
  • Review case studies that illustrate the importance of shipping alternatives
  • Prepare a quotation for multimodal movements and calculate the profit/loss for the shipment
  • Identify security weaknesses in the supply chain
  • Identify dangerous goods
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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