Cargo Transportation Introduction – Global

T1 - Introduction to Cargo Transportation for Forwarders (Global Version)

This cargo transport introduction class is designed for entry-level personnel involved in one or more mode of global transportation. It should be taken as a foundation for anyone planning to take more advanced cargo-related courses. The course focuses on freight forwarders and their relationship with the other various “players”. It includes an overview of freight forwarding, cargo transportation modes, carrier regulations, tariffs, rates and more.

NOTE: Students who have or will take the GISTnet “jump start” air and ocean forwarder training courses should not be assigned this training as much of the same material is covered in the “jump-start” training.

Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 16.5 hours or less and earns NCBFAA-registered students 17 CCS/CES continuing education credits.

Click here to view a summary of course topics
  • Our Role as Transportation Intermediaries
  • Overview of Freight Forwarder Services
  • Cargo Transportation—Basic Concepts and Issues
  • Cargo Transportation Modes, Beginning with Inland and Intra-Coastal Waterways
  • Deep Sea (Ocean) Transportation and Shipping
  • Cargo Transportation Modes: Rail Transportation
  • Truck and Air Transportation; Cost Comparisons Among Modes
  • Cargo Transportation Trends as Part of Broader Logistics Services
  • Shipper-to-Carrier Relationship
  • Direct vs. Indirect Carriage; Carrier-to-Carrier Relationships
  • Transportation Carrier Regulation; Tariffs
  • Cargo Carrier Tariffs
  • Cargo Freight Rate Structures/Charges
  • Additional Factors Which Influence Freight Rates
  • Ocean and Intermodal Freight Rates & Charges
  • Types of Rates/Charges Used in Air Cargo Transportation
  • Types of Rates/Charges Used in Rail & Truck Transportation; Forwarder Rates
  • Click here to view a detailed class syllabus

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Course Fee:

16.5 17




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