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Basic International Transport Law

The transport law is an important part of international trade.

International trade is characterized by complexity since different areas of law and regulations meet and the number of parties involved in a single transaction can be significant. The logistical chain of transport from producer to consumer is becoming increasingly complex with increased globalization. Therefore, well-functioning and efficient transport is required.

The freight forwarder’s task is to organize international and national freight transport on behalf of others. The responsibility of the freight forwarder and the carrier is governed by different rules, but they only have limited liability. Incoterms are a necessary element in every international purchase agreement together with various insurance solutions.

Objectives: The course gives you broad insights into various issues when it comes to managing the import and export of goods as transport services in different forms of transport in a global perspective. You get also insights into the delivery terms Incoterms 2020 and customs technology.

Participants: The course is aimed at people who work with transport, purchasing, distribution and warehouse.

Qualifications: There are no formal knowledge requirements, but you should preferably have worked for some time in the field.

Training Method: Basic International Transport Law is a Premium course and is studied over the internet via our e-learning platform Instant education. Read more about the training method E-learning - Premium courses.

Course Length: Approximately 25 hours active study time, depending on previous knowledge. Each student has access to the course for 6 months.

Price: 510 Euro / student
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Course contents:

Part 1

Transportation and Logistics

The areas of transportation and logistics are constantly developing.

The Transport Company

At transport companies there is planning at different levels.

Material Flow becomes Goods Flow

Material flow management between consignors and consignees.

The Concept of Cargo Owner during Transport

Cargo owner is the person who, at a given time, has the legal ownership of the goods during transport.

The Forwarding Company

The freight forwarder’ s main roles in the transport chain.

Organizing Transports

The freight forwarder's role in a transport operation

Forwarders’ Document

Freight forwarders’ documents linked to transport assignments.

The Responsibility of Forwarders

The freight forwarders who are members of the Nordic Association of Freight Forwarders are obliged to carry out all assignments in accordance with NSAB.

Liability Issues in Transport

In the agreement between sellers and buyers, responsibilities, risks and payment terms are regulated.

The Liability of Carrier

The liability extends from the time the carrier receives the goods for transport until the carrier hands them over to the consignee.

Lack of Control Options

In many cases, the driver has limited opportunities to check the condition of the goods after loading.

Part 2

General Information about Transport Law

All legal rules that regulate the relationship during the transport itself are comprised of the concept of transport law.

Deadlines in Transport Law in General

In commercial relationships, the deadline is often regulated in contracts.

Purchase Agreement for Transport Services

Initial description of the relationships between purchase agreement and transport agreement.

General Legal Principles

Where an exchange of services takes place, there is usually an agreement to regulate the parties’ dealings as well.

Delivery Terms

Introduction to delivery clauses and purchase agreements in the distribution chain.

Incoterms and Combiterms’ Delivery Conditions

When selling goods, the goods must be transported between the seller and the buyer and appropriate delivery rules must be chosen.

Choose the Right Delivery Terms

The delivery terms are the part of the purchase agreement that regulates how costs and responsibility for the transport are to be shared between the seller and the buyer.

Risk Allocation when Delivering Goods

The key element regarding the risk of damage or loss of goods is the transfer of risk.

Goods and Liability Insurance

Introductory description of insurance value and premiums.

The Benefits of Cargo Insurance

It is important to understand the general principles and what the most common risks are during goods transport.

Shipping Claims

The CMR convention stipulates how claims are to be handled.

Part 3

Transport Law is Part of International Trade

Transport law is an important part of international trade.

International Freight Transport

Every transport service requires appropriate planning, especially the international ones.

Sustainable Supply Chain

The integration between supply chain management and sustainability has become a new area of research.

Selection of Suppliers for Sustainable Transport

Strategic decisions affect transport to a large extent.

Fill Rate in Cargo Transportation

A level of fill rate can be the target for improvement and an efficiency measure.

Customs Technology

Customs’ duties and various concepts in customs handling of goods.

Customs Tariff

Introductory description of the structure of the customs tariff and the system for classifying goods.

Transport Administration

Coordination and development of the company’ s physical distribution resources.

Right of Lien for the Transport of Goods

Lien on the goods in the carrier’ s possession.

Financial Risks in the Delivery of Transport Services

If the transport operator has the goods in his possession, there is a good chance of receiving payment for the transport costs.

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