Certificate in International Trade


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Certificate In International Trade – October 30th
October 30, 2024, Duration 8 Weeks

Certificate In International Trade – October 30th

The Certificate in International Trade provides practical knowledge and skills training to…


Certificate in International Trade

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The Certificate in International Trade provides practical knowledge and skills training to professionals working or aspiring to work in international trade or supply chain management and operations. The course equips professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to understand the key issues affecting the international trade industry and meet the challenges it faces in a post-Brexit trading environment.

The programme is accredited by Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The newly launched course includes a new module on sustainability to train professionals on how to help their organisations meet their sustainability targets, reduce transport and supply chain emissions and save on fuel and energy costs.

The programme comprises 6 modules over 8 weeks with six interactive training days delivered online by expert trainers with decades of experience in international trade, supply chain management and sustainable business. Additional self-study materials are accessed through our Moodle Learning Management System. To pass the course, learners will be required to complete a multiple-choice test after each module and will also be required to submit a short, written assignment focusing on a customs journey case study.


Fees:  IEA Members: €2,995 / Non-Members: €3,395

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the primary functions and responsibilities of the principal authorities and regulations governing international trade.
  • Outline the processes for completing customs declarations for importing and exporting a range of product types.
  • Distinguish between the different Incoterms and describe how to decide the most suitable Incoterm for a range of goods and trading relationships.
  • Describe the key features of classification, valuation and origin in the context of international trade.
  • Identify the key sustainability issues and legislation affecting international trade.

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 mitigating risk
  • Individuals seeking employment in international trade, customs compliance or supply chain operations
  • Professionals who wish to upskill in sustainable supply chain management
  • Anyone involved in trade and investment, finance, supply chain operations and compliance

Certification and Benefits:

  • An accredited Certificate awarded by TU Dublin at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (5 ECTS)
  • A digital badge award for sharing on e-portfolios, digital CVs and social channels such as LinkedIn
  • Networking opportunities with industry peers

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Niamh or Brad at training@irishexporters.ie or call 01 661218


Certificate in International Trade

Certificate in International Trade – Summary
Duration: 8 Weeks, including 6 full days of lectures
Training delivery: Online via MS Teams
Additional resources: E-booklets with lecture slides, study notes, case studies and further reading via Moodle LMS
Assessment: 6 multi-choice tests, a reflective diary & a written customs journey assignment of 500-800 words (samples will be provided)
Accreditation & Certification: CPD Certificate, Level 6, 5 ECTS Credits

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Detailed Course Content

Module 1: The Regulatory Framework of International Trade:

  • Functions and key conventions of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), European Union (EU) institutions and the World Customs Organisation (WCO)
  • The role of customs in international trade
  • Overview of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with key examples of EU FTAs
  • Overview of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (EU-UK TCA)
  • Key functions of the Union Customs Code (UCC)
  • Overview of the Registered Exporter System (REX)
  • Overview of the Customs Decisions System (CDS)
  • Key domestic stakeholders in international trade, including government departments and agencies

Module 2: Tariff Codes and Classification

  • Overview of customs classification
  • International and EU classification coding systems
  • Tools for classifying goods
  • Rules of classification interpretation
  • Using TARIC to find commodity codes
  • Products with multiple classifications
  • Classification of parts of goods
  • Overview of Binding Tariff Information (BTI)
  • When and how to apply for BTI

Module 3: Valuation and Origin

  • Overview of customs valuation
  • Purposes of customs valuation
  • The six methods of determining customs valuation
  • Case studies on how to determine the value of goods for customs purposes
  • The concept of origin in international trade
  • Preferential agreements and their implications on origin of goods
  • The differences between preferential and non-preferential origin
  • When and how to apply for a Certificate of Origin
  • Principles of origin for combined articles
  • Principles of origin for mixed origin goods
  • Case studies on how to determine the origin of complex good

Module 4: Incoterms and International Contracts

  • Description of the 11 Incoterms and what they cover
  • The impact of Incoterms on international trade
  • Incoterms – the seller’s perspective
  • Incoterms – the buyer’s perspective
  • Choosing the right Incoterm for a product and trade journey
  • Case studies using key Incoterms
  • Overview of international commercial contracts


Module 5: Import/Export Documentation & Procedures:

  • Common terms and definitions in import/export
  • An overview of the main IT Systems for import/exports
  • An overview of the customs journey
  • How to complete customs declarations for imports and exports
  • Transit procedures
  • Warehousing
  • Customs authorisations
  • The Customs Decision System (CDS)
  • Post-Brexit changes to Ireland – Northern Ireland – Great Britain trade
  • Case studies on the movement of goods between Ireland, Britain, Europe and Asia
  • Benefits of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) trusted trader status

Module 6: Sustainability in International Trade

  • Definitions of sustainability
  • An overview of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • An overview of circular economy principles
  • An overview of climate change and its impact on international trade
  • An overview of key global, European, and national agreements and legislation on climate change
  • An overview of how to use the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework to calculate transport and freight emissions
  • Strategies for setting carbon emissions reductions targets
  • Key tools for reporting carbon emissions
  • An overview of sustainable procurement practices using the Smart Freight Procurement Guidelines

For more information on the programme, please get in touch with Niamh at training@irishexporters.ie or call 01 6612182.

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