Involvement in international trade can often be an indication of a business having or gaining a competitive edge. It is a healthy business practice to look at the opportunities to import products to improve cost competition and take advantage of advanced technology. Similarly developing an export business broadens a company’s market and diversifies risk.

This is a day course which is an introduction to the broad areas involved in import and export. The key components of the import process are covered with details on finding and selecting partners, terms of trade, commodity codes and customs procedure codes, valuation process, payment options and the border entry process. Plus additional factors involved in exporting including exporter responsibilities, basic export documents, and export controls/ documentation. We finish with outlining an action plan to prepare or review a company’s approach to export and import.

The aim is to provide the basic building blocks for an understanding of the key points to international trade, whether an organisation is involved in import and/or export or both.

Aimed at

This course would typically be aimed at individuals and professionals who are at the start of their journey in understanding the basic components of customs and international trade. There is no expectation of prior knowledge of the subjects covered but it will also allow people an opportunity to build on a basic level of knowledge.

The target audience for this course may include:

  1. New or inexperienced Administrators involved in international trade: Professionals who facilitate the import and/or export of goods on behalf of individuals and companies, looking for an understanding of all aspects of the customs processes related to international trade.
  2. New or inexperienced Shipping and logistics Agents : Individuals responsible for overseeing and/or assisting within an organisation with the import/export process.
  3. New or inexperienced purchasing/account Administrators: Those involved in the movement of goods across international borders and ensuring compliance with customs requirements and a broad awareness of the process.
  4. New or inexperienced Distribution Specialists: Professionals engaged in international trade activities, dealing with import/export processes, regulations and customs procedures.
  5. Employees within a company who are new to import and/or export.
  6. Individuals seeking to start a career in International Trade.

Learning objectives

  • Understanding of the import/export process
  • Acquire a knowledge of commodity codes, trade & payment terms and country of origin rules
  • Understand the basic awareness of an importer/exporter’s responsibilities and the documents/procedures involved
  • Formulate a basic action plan to develop your pathway in international trade

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this course are designed to equip participants with a broad knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the process of import/export plus an awareness of customs procedures and international trade regulations. Upon completing the course, participants should expect to achieve the following learning outcomes but not restricted to:

  • Understand the import/export process and the responsibilities attached to 
    international trade
  • Be able to classify a product for import/export and appreciate the factors influencing  the import/export process for a product.
  • Be able to acquire a broad understanding of the import/export process and to advance their individual/ organisations awareness of handling the import journey.

Key information

  • This course costs £499 + VAT for IOE&IT members £599 + VAT for non-members
  • It will be delivered by one of the IOE&IT’s pool of expert trainers
  • On completion of your course, you will earn a digital certificate
  • Timings: 10:00 – 16:00;

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