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International Trade Training Courses (Export / Import / Specialist Courses)

Do you want to understand the ins and outs of international trade? Our international trade courses have been crafted by a team of industry professionals with years of practical and consultancy experience in a wide range of international markets. We cover everything you need to get up to speed with all things import-export, from the absolute basics through to a tailored course designed to meet individual customer and business needs.

Public international trade training courses

We offer several public international trade training courses for people of all competencies. We provide training that helps UK businesses gain a clear understanding of import-export procedures, rules of international trade and how to avoid common global trade issues.

Our courses start at a beginner level, explaining the basics for those new to trading through to in-depth courses that are more suited to experienced business people looking to refresh their knowledge or develop their skills.

All courses can be delivered in-house or via online learning.

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A Beginners Practical Guide to Exporting
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Overview

This course is recommended for beginners who are new to international trade. This course will also be beneficial to businesses who have just started  exporting and provides an opportunity to understand basic export processes and post-Brexit documentation requirements.

It provides a high-level introduction to export processes to assist with exporting your own goods. It also includes a practical session creating a commercial invoice from a pre-defined set of documents to put the learnings into practice.

What we will cover

  • Export definition and the process flow
  • Questions to ask prior to sending goods overseas
  • Requesting a shipment quotation
  • Export documentation
  • Packing lists and labels
  • Creating an invoice – practical session
  • Booking and managing the shipment collection
  • Buyer/customer communication
  • Proof of export/delivery
  • The jargon explained

Duration

The course will run as a day session starting at 9am with morning and afternoon breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

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Understanding Export & Export Documentation
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Overview

We recommend this course for beginners who are new to international trade or those who never obtained formal qualifications or training.

The course outlines the end-to-end export process, taking a detailed look at export documentation requirements and shipping using freight forwarders and couriers.

What we will cover

  • Receive the enquiry
    • Responsibilities and roles
    • Incoterms 2020
    • Methods of payment and the risk ladder
    • Export controls and licence requirements
  • Quotation
  • Order acknowledgement/pro forma invoice
  • Pre-shipment inspections/packing
  • Shipping documents to include invoices and packing lists
    • Commodity codes
    • Origin
    • Preference documents
    • Certificates of origin
  • Move the goods
    • Transport considerations
    • Book the shipment and freight forwarder responsibilities
    • Contracts of carriage/transport documentation
  • Proof of export – evidential requirements
  • General good business practice

Duration

The course will run as a day session starting at 9am with morning and afternoon breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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Customs Procedures & Documentation
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Overview

This course follows on directly from Understanding Export and Export Documentation.

We recommend this course for those working in a global trade environment that want to expand their understanding of detailed customs procedures. We also recommend this course as a refresher for those with a full-time career in international trade.

The course builds on key information and documentation required for customs processes while also looking at the customs procedures and compliance requirements for successful international trade to new and existing markets.

What we will cover

  • Organisations involved in international trade
  • What is an export?
  • International documentation and key information
    • Incoterms 2020
    • Commodity codes
    • Licences
  • Rules of origin
    • Non-preference
    • Preference
    • EU – UK Trade Co-operation Agreement
    • GSP
  • Customs compliance
    • HMRC – their role
    • Export declarations
    • Customs procedures
    • Import duties
    • AEO
    • Audit
    • NI trade

Duration

The course will run as a day session starting at 9am with morning and afternoon breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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Import Procedures including IP / OP
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Overview

This course follows on from the Customs Procedures and Documentation course or can be provided standalone for those who are only interested in importing procedures.

We recommend this course for those who are familiar with or currently work in an import environment but have never had any formal training and those with experience wanting a refresher.

It provides an overview of the import process from start to finish and reviews all topics required for new and existing suppliers, including country and supplier risk, payment risk and more. We also explain documentation requirements and how to ensure goods are imported successfully to include duty payments and an overview of the available Special Procedures.

What we will cover

  • Definition of an import & process flow
  • Making the enquiry, areas to consider
    • Product
    • Payment
    • Import Controls
    • Incoterms 2020
    • Transport
    • Documentation
    • Costs
    • Terms and conditions
  • Provide the purchase order
  • Movement of goods
  • Import clearance
    • Documentation
    • Declarations
    • Import duties
  • Special procedures

Duration

The course will run as a day session starting at 9am with morning and afternoon breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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Methods of Payment & Letters of Credit
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Overview

We recommend this course for those working in international trade who are involved in the management and presentation of Letters of Credit.

It provides an overview of all methods of payment when trading internationally to include the risks and benefits involved. It will then concentrate on Letters of Credit, guiding you through the rules of managing a Letter of Credit, making sure documents are compliant and payment is successful.

This session includes a ‘hands-on’ practical session to solidify the learnings of the day and ensure successful completion of a document going forward.

What we will cover

  • Foreign currency transaction mitigation
  • Methods of Payment – risks and benefits
    • Advance payment
    • Documentary collection
    • Open account
    • Letter of Credit
  • The Letter of Credit process
    • Terminology
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • LC types
    • UCP 600 rules
    • Management and presentation of the Letter of Credit
  • Incoterms 2020 and insurance
  • Shipping documents
  • Best Practice for Letters of Credit – hints and tips
  • Practical session

Duration

The course will run as a day session starting at 9am with morning and afternoon breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course Dates

5th April 2022 (webinar)

15th September 2022 (webinar)

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss delegate pricing rates.

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Incoterms 2020
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Overview

This course is suitable for those currently working in an export-import environment or who are new to international trade. We recommend attendees complete the Understanding Export & Export Documentation course first, as this includes an introduction to Incoterm.

Intercoms 2020 provides an overview of the difference between the 2010 terms and the new 2020 terms. There is also a comprehensive guide on the obligations and costs that a Buyer and Seller have during a sale to include where risk passes from Seller to Buyer during the transaction and highlights commercial implications of this.

What we will cover

  • Incoterms – what are they?
  • Incoterms – the history
  • An explanation of Incoterms, what they ‘do’ and ‘do not do’
  • Discuss what documentation they apply to
  • Review each of the Incoterms 2020 in detail
  • Understand the risks, costs, and obligations for both the Buyer and Seller
  • The main changes from Incoterms 2010
  • To be able to correctly classify shipments to reflect the mode of transport and be appropriate for the goods

 Duration

This course will be half a day session, either a morning or afternoon session with breaks as appropriate.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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Preference Rules of Origin
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Overview

This course is recommended for those who already work in international trade but need further training on origin calculations and how this affects sales and purchases.

We explain the different types of origin documentation and provide a practical session on how to read the relevant international trade agreements allowing origin to be established.

What we will cover

  • Explanation of origin
  • Rules for non-preferential origin
  • Certificates of Origin, UK and Arab
  • Rules for preferential origin
  • Trade agreements
  • Practical session
  • Movement certificates – EUR1
  • EU – UK Trade Agreement and Bi-Lateral Cumulation
  • Cumulation methods
  • Preference on imports to include General System of Preference (GSP)
  • Commodity codes and the tariff
  • General good business practice

Duration

This course will be half a day session, either a morning or afternoon session with breaks as appropriate.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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Understanding Commodity Codes
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Overview

This course is designed for people who might be called upon to contribute to a correct description of goods traded internationally for both export and import declarations. This can range from complete beginners with no qualifications to experienced traders who want to refresh their knowledge. It is also extremely beneficial for management staff that supervise or check sensitive customs declarations.

Several practical exercises are included in this course to ensure attendees have a strong grasp of commodity codes.

What we will cover

  • Why do we need Commodity codes and who is responsible
  • Explanation of the harmonized system
  • Review the UK Trade Tariff and how to classify using
    • The General Interpretative Rules (GIR)
    • Chapters
    • Headings
    • Subheadings
    • Chapter, Subheading and Section Notes
  • Commodity code allocation
  • Customs measures
  • Practical exercises

Duration

This course will be half a day session, either a morning or afternoon session with breaks as appropriate.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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An Introduction to Export & Import Procedures
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Overview

This course gives an overview of both export and import procedures. We recommend this for individuals who only need a top-level understanding of international trade procedures or those with relevant qualifications and/or experience in the export industry who want a refresher.

What we will cover

  • Review of the export process to include:
    • Incoterms
    • Commodity codes
    • Licenses
    • Documentation requirements
    • Shipping considerations
    • Contracts of carriage
    • Proof of export
  • Review of the import process to include
    • Areas to consider before purchasing
    • Import controls
    • The purchase order
    • Moving the goods
    • Import duties and taxes

Duration

The course will run as a day session starting at 9am with morning and afternoon breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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An Introduction to Export Controls and Licensing
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Overview

In this course, we investigate why we have export controls and licensing, the types of licences that can be applied for and how to take the initial steps towards the licensing application.

As this is an introductory overview, this is recommended to those who are new to export controls and licensing and wish to expand their knowledge in this area.

What we will cover

  • What is the legislation?
  • What is controlled?
  • Types of licences
  • Embargoes and sanctions
  • Trade controls
  • Technology controls
  • SPIRE
  • Goods checker/OGEL checker 

Duration

This course will be half a day session, either a morning or afternoon session with breaks as appropriate.

Course Dates

2022 dates available on request.

Cost and Booking

Please contact us to discuss pricing.

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Tailored courses for an international business

If you cannot find a course that suits your needs, we may still be able to help.

We offer tailored private international courses covering export, import and specialist areas. Simply provide us with your requirements and we will develop content to suit your business requirements and skillset, effectively using your budget and focusing on what matters most.

That way, your team gains a broader understanding of international trade and generates the specific skills required to help your own business thrive.

What is an international trade course?

International trade courses are designed to help companies and their staff understand procedures and requirements when moving goods across borders.

As international trade includes importing and exporting procedures, it is important for traders to understand the details of both these activities to gain a full understanding of the industry. That is why we provide a range of courses with various levels of detail to cover these topics.

Benefits of international trade courses

International trade is highly susceptible to changes based on global demand, industry updates and the political landscape of individual countries. Due to this, export-import procedures are notoriously difficult to understand, with so many variations in regulations for different types of goods and countries – not to mention the frequency of regulation changes following Brexit.

Therefore, it is beneficial for companies to keep up to date with the current procedures with comprehensive training. Our courses are suitable for a range of abilities, helping those who are just getting started and those who already operate in the international market.

Plus, formal training looks good for both current and future employers, helping to demonstrate your abilities and understanding of the export and import practice.

 

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