Introduction to International Forwarding

Course Lessons: 34
Learner Hours: 17

Basics of freight forwarding including operations and customers are covered. The basics of Incoterms are introduced. Modes of cargo transportation and providers including cargo consolidation and shipping costs are discussed.

Course Overview

This is the first course in the FreightPath trainee learning sequence. It will provides an overview of the services provided by international freight forwarders, with focus on air and ocean cargo transportation.

As an entry-level trainee, or as one transferring into forwarding from another activity within your company, from this training will learn:

  • Who are our customers and what needs of theirs are we fulfilling?
  • The basic functions of a freight forwarder regardless of the cargo transportation mode(s)
  • A forwarder’s role in overall supply chain logistics and international trade
  • Key cargo transportation concepts and issues applicable regardless of transportation mode
  • How the delivery terms (Incoterms) negotiated between the seller and buyer determine affect the forwarder’s responsibilities (More on Incoterms in a subsequent course.)
  • Characteristics and comparison of the commercial modes of cargo transportation
  • Types of cargo transportation providers (“”carriers””) with respect to services provided and relationship with the shipper
  • How the cost to a shipper of cargo transportation is determined
  • Cargo consolidation
  • Why an international forwarder needs its own offices and/or agents throughout the world

We then proceed with an in-depth look at destination country import and customs clearance requirements, both applicable to all imports and also additional requirements applicable to particular types of products.