Certificate in International Trade


Certificate in International Trade

The Certificate in International Trade awarded by the Irish Exporters Association is the only course of its kind in Ireland to unite the practical and operational aspects of international trading. The Certificate delivers practical learning to meet the growing skillset required for anyone working in international trade operations and regulations and to understand the key issues affecting the industry.

A general overview of what you will learn:

  1. The export/import procedures for Irish and international markets.
  2. An understanding of the regulatory and non-regulatory documentation required for international trading to and from Ireland using the various modes of transport.
  3. In-depth knowledge and ability to apply their experience across the 6 modules covered in year 1: Import/Export Documentation & Procedures, Customs Regulations, Tariff Codes & Classification, Valuation & Origin, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and Incoterms and International Contracts. Options to progress to advanced level (Year 2) followed by academic level (Year 3). The ability to apply knowledge in the workplace and identify gaps in procedures.
  4. The importance of understanding the ever-changing international trading environment and impact on Irish importers and exporters.
  5. The core practical skills required to trade internationally.

Who should attend:

  • Exporting and importing companies who wish to increase their knowledge and become more efficient in the evolving world of international trade
  • Ambitious professionals and managers responsible for driving international trade and mitigate risk
  • Anyone involved in trade and investment, finance, supply chain operations and compliance

Member €3,500 | Non- Member €3,950

For more Information contact certificate@irishexporters.ie or call 01 6612182.

Content & Learning Outcomes:

Incoterms and International Contracts

  •  What are Incoterms
  •  Functions of Incoterms
  • Using Incoterms correctly
  • The 11 Incoterms explained
  • International commercial contracts





Learning Outcomes

  •  Understanding of Incoterms and know the relevance of using them in international contracts
  • Ability to identify the risk and cost responsibilities of each Incoterm
  • Understand the importance of Incoterms as goods move through international customs clearance
  • The use of Incoterms to help avoid common disputes
Import/Export Documentation & Procedures

  • What is a customs procedure; types of customs procedures
  • Understanding of customs declarations and how goods are declared
  • Penalties & risk for non-compliance
  • Simplifications for a customs declaration
  • Familiarisation with Revenue’s ROS system
  • The Single Administrative Document (SAD)




Learning Outcomes

  •  Understand the practicalities of exporting goods
  • Be familiar with all aspects of export documentation
  • Have awareness of all compliance obligations & legal requirements of declaring your goods
  • Know how to complete a SAD document






Customs Regulations

  • Familiarisation with the Union Customs Code (UCC)
  • Delegating & implementing regulations
  • Legal infringements and penalties
  • Customs Decision System (CDS)



Learning Outcomes

  •  Familiarisation with the Union Customs Code
  • Understanding how it influences the movement of goods across international borders
  • Understand the features of the  Customs Decision System (CDS) and how to use it effectively depending on your role
Tariff Codes & Classification

  • The European TARIC website and the Combined Nomenclature (CN)
  • The purpose of the EU-wide Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system
  • BTI application acceptance & decision-making process
  • General Rules of Interpretation on HS (Harmonised System) codes
  • Classification – practical case studies
  • Other classification systems and information tools
Learning Outcomes

  • Complete understanding of tariff classification procedures and the application of Tariff codes
  • Ability to interrogate the TARIC website & correctly identify Tariff codes
  • Know how a BTI decision is used in the customs clearance process
  • Awareness through cases studies of the importance and complexity of classification


Valuation and Origin

  • Legal basis for establishing the customs value of goods
  • Methods to determine customs value; alternative methods of valuation and when to apply them
  • Mandatory and optional adjustments to the transaction value
  • Why the origin of goods is important to Customs
  • Proof of origin; the difference between non-preferential & preferential origin rules
  • How to obtain a Certificate of Origin
  • Registered exporter (REX) system overview
  • Binding Origin Information (BOI)
  • Transfer pricing
Learning Outcomes

  • Broad understanding of customs valuation and of the tools to use for this purpose
  • Understand risk in transfer pricing is and customs valuation
  • Understanding of definitions of origin (preferential and non-preferential), complexity and available support tools
  • Know how and when to apply for a BOI
  • How to issue a Certificate of Origin and under which conditions






  • The concept of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status
  • The different AEO authorisations & their benefits
  • How a business can benefit from AEO status
  • Role of Customs Authorities in the AEO process
  • How to apply for AEO status
  • How AEO status is maintained and maximised
  • Concept and benefits of Mutual Recognition of AEOs
  • Other customs simplifications




Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of benefits of achieving AEO status in your organisation
  • Develop an understanding of the requirements for a successful application
  • Learn how to avoid delays and mistakes in the process
  •  Learn about the different accreditation types
  • Know what’s involved in maintaining and maximising AEO status
  • Ability to identify internal resources necessary to monitor compliance
  • Relevance of other customs simplifications for your business


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