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International Freight Forwarding Specialist

International Freight Forwarding Specialist

On an international freight forwarding specialist apprenticeship course, you’ll help to ensure compliance with all applicable customs, import and export laws and regulations.

An international freight forwarding specialist ensures that the company they work for and their clients comply with all applicable customs, import and export laws and regulations.

As an apprentice, you will get a thorough awareness of customs rules, regulations, and trade terms and know where to seek information and when to escalate problems. In addition, you’ll learn about customs procedures, product classification, mode of transportation allocation, and paper and electronic documentation.

You’ll be in charge of daily tasks, such as shipment bookings, document creation, liaising with carriers, ports, handling agents, transport requirements, sales quotations, and invoicing financial procedures. 

What you’ll learn

On an international freight forwarding specialist apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Enter correct data regarding imported or exported commodities into general or customised ICT systems.
  • Book, schedule, and monitor overseas shipments using manual or ICT techniques underneath the rules and regulations that apply to the area and the transported commodities.
  • Prepare the Single Administrative Document (in the United Kingdom, C88) for export and import declarations (National Export System).
  • Use data systems to prepare and submit the information required by customs authorities to manage the international flow of goods.
  • Make accurate customs declarations and values.
  • Use UK Trade Tariff to get correct commodity code, VAT, and duty information and do duty, VAT, and excise calculations.
  • Create freight costings and invoices using incoterms and levies.
  • Handle and understand the effects of currency translation and exchange rate risks on pricing and invoicing estimates.
  • Apply expenditures and revenues while keeping desired margins in mind.
  • Create service quotes.
  • Demonstrate excellent sales and customer service skills.
  • Receive the required information from systems or be aware of the proper organisations/departments to contact to receive the information.
  • Provide outstanding customer service on the phone and in person, and use many types of media effectively as needed.
  • Demonstrate the use of verbal and written communication appropriate to your customers’ and their employees’ business and social cultures in the foreign countries with whom you are dealing.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment comprises two distinct assessment methods: 

  • Multiple-choice test
  • Observed role simulation

Duration and level

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Level: 3 – Advanced Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 3 International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page

Updated on October 2, 2022

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