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(Duration: 1 day)

 Provides a broad overview of the import process for the beginner: early considerations, the import sequence, customs issues, the indent, transportation, commonly used Incoterms®, payment methods and import service industry.

(Duration: 3 modules over 5 days)

Module 1: The Import Process – From Compiling Enquiries, Selecting Incoterms® and Costing, to Arranging Transport and Cargo Insurance, and Dealing with Defective Cargo Receipts (2 days)

Covers an overview of a typical import transaction (parties involved, documents and sequence of steps), international transportation (road, rail, sea, air and transport documentation), dealing with deficient cargo, import enquiries (feasibility studies, the indent), Incoterms® 2010, import costing and cargo insurance (principles, policy types and claims).

Module 2:  Import Customs Procedures (2 days)

Covers general customs considerations; South Africa’s trade relationships; the Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HS), i.e. product classification; the S A Customs Tariff and Schedules, and import controls; standard customs procedures for import; bonded warehouses.

Module 3: Payment Methods for Imports (1 day)

Covers financial risk dimensions, different international payment methods (bank collections & documentary credits [L/Cs]), bills of exchange, reasons for bank rejection of documents under an L/C, currencies used in international trade, UCP 600 and UCR 522, the workings of the foreign exchange market and different types of foreign exchange transaction.

(Duration: 1 day)

A case-study based workshop providing delegates with practical skills in accurately costing an import consignment to the point at which it has been delivered, customs-cleared, at the importer’s premises.

(Duration: 3 days)

Covers all the documents (instruction, customs, transport, etc.) used in effecting the import of a consignment by air, sea or multimodal transport; dealing with receipt of discrepant cargo, and the releasing of payment for goods.  This workshop is heavily case-study based with delegates, on completion, expected to be able to accurately complete the documents required to effect final delivery in different circumstances.

(Duration: 1-day)

Covers the South Africa valuation process in detail (including regulations relating to the customs valuation of containerised goods as per the Revenue Laws Amendment Act of 2008).  Includes the various means by which duties are calculated in South Africa and incorporates a number of practical exercises to consolidate delegates’ understanding of the various procedures involved.