ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

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About the course

International trade has been conducted by many companies for many years-in more recent times however, the growth in international sourcing/importing has meant that many companies have found they do not have the appropriate knowledge and know how.

This course intensive five-day course looks at the essentials of international trade and freight transport and logistics management. It will give a structured approach so you can analyses and then improve your international trade and freight operations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Gain the financial benefits that effective international supply chain management can bring
  • Determine how time “secretly” builds up in supply chains and that time is cash
  • Understand, recall and apply improvements after the course for work based application
  • Apply best practices on trade and freight transport and logistics
  • Understand the role of forwarding agents in international trade
  • Understand transport and shipping operations
  • Examine operations for cost/service improvements
  • Examine financial benefits
  • Control operations effectively
  • Apply models for ongoing improvement programmes
  • Analyse lead times
  • Identify and understand cost / service improvements
  • Succeed in improving operations

Course Outline

Day 1

THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

  • Definitions of logistic and Supply Chain management
  • The interrelations and connections of Buying, Making, Moving, and Selling activities
  • History and the development
  • A view of the future
  • Key Aspects of Supply Chain Management
  • The cost/service balance
  • Customer service principles
  • Lead times throughout the supply chain
  • Adding value
  • Production options/changes
  • Trade off opportunities
  • Rules for affective supply chain management
  • The Benefits of adopting a Supply Chain approach
  • Understanding the sub functional conflicts
  • Benefits within and between functions
  • Taking a supply chain view of total acquisition costs
  • Accepting that competitive advantage comes from the Supply Chain

Day 2

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

  • Reasons for International Trade
  • Why do people Buy/Sell overseas
  • Features of International Trade
  • Supply/Demand variables
  • International Trade Terms of Sale and Delivery
  • Incoterms
  • Payments, Documents and Insurance
  • Logistics viewpoints
  • Customs and excise in International Trade
  • System and process and operational activity

Day 3

LEGAL DOCUMENTATION ASPECTS

  • Legal aspects and Liabilities
  • Agent and principal relationship
  • Agent and carrier liabilities
  • Terms and conditions of trading
  • Contract terms used in International Trade
  • The Documentation Chain
  • Shipping instructions
  • Letters of credit and banking procedures
  • Movement documents
  • Invoices and Packing lists
  • Import licenses and controls
  • Rent and demurrage charges
  • Processing for customs clearance

Day 4

THE FREIGHT/CARGO FORWARDING

  • Freight/Cargo Transport Operations
  • Mode characteristics and key features
  • Full load movements to parcels and use of couriers
  • Chartering, liner and Shared/Network services
  • Freight calculations and Costing operations
  • Best practice models for transport planning
  • Service frequency
  • Service provider variables

Day 5

IMPROVEMENTS

  • Understand the Freight and Cargo Market
  • Appreciate what influences this market
  • Consider customs implications
  • Select the Supplier
  • Look for Added Value
  • Monitor & Review
  • A 5 step Model for Supplier and Supply Chain Development
  • Benefits and Drawbacks
  • Internal Issues
  • Key Issues

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for those responsible for buying from overseas and for forwarding/import activities such as Traffic managers, forwarding managers, shipping managers, logistics/supply chain managers and expeditors. This course is also suitable for existing managers/supervisors, who need a “confirmation” of their current operation on supply, buying, purchase, logistics, materials and supply chain managers and those who are looking for business gains and benefits from managing their supply chains more effectively.

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