IVS Training - Freight Forwarding Course

What is a Freight Forwarder?

A freight forwarder is a person or company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to market or final point of distribution. A typical day for a freight forwarder would primarily consist of talking with clients and warehouses around the world, taking this information and passing it along to the appropriate party to action.

Along with making sure that the freight the client is importing or exporting gains entry into the country of destination, a freight forwarder will (depending on the contract arranged), arrange for said freight to be picked up and delivered to the final consignee’s place of business. This requires contacting airlines/shipping lines, rail lines and even sometimes moving the goods to a different country for final delivery.

International freight forwarders have the expertise that allows them to prepare and process the documentation and perform related activities pertaining to international shipments. Some of the typical information reviewed by a freight forwarder is the commercial invoice, shipper’s export declaration, bill of lading, and other documents required by the carrier or country of export, import, or transshipment.

If you would like to learn more about what it takes to be a Freight Forwarder, click through to the Careers NZ Website.


Introduction to International Freight Forwarding


International Freight Forwarding is a constant changing environment.  Understanding how it all works can be confusing.  This introductory course covers all aspects of the process involved in moving goods internationally.  Learn what is required, what documents you need, where to get them from, and what to expect. Risks and avoiding them through sensible forward management.  Importers and exporters will benefit by understanding all requirements and will be in a position to save money on forwarding services, whilst those engaged in International Freight Forwarding will be better informed.

If you are new to the Freight Forwarding industry in New Zealand, it is recommend that you take this introductory course.



One day course


  • New to the industry
  • Accounts/ sales / operations people
  • Personnel from import/export companies directly involved with the transport of goods
  • Job seekers


  • What is a freight forwarder and what do they do
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Sea freight
  • Air freight
  • Road, rail, coastal – other modes of transport
  • Characteristics of cargo
  • Containers and unit devices
  • Documentation
  • Ports and how they work;  Ports and limitations
  • Inco terms overview
  • Methods of payment ;  Letters of Credit
  • Health certs
  • Legislative requirements
  • Legislative organisations
  • Trade organisations
  • NZ Customs Service
  • Biosecurity  (NZ and worldwide)
  • Security – Air/Sea
  • Marine and cargo insurance overview
  • Dangerous goods


This course is run by CBAFF's training provider IVS Training. 


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