Certificate in International Trade

Start date: 15 February 2023

Duration: 6 Days - Feb 15th, 22nd, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd (9:30am - 4:30pm)

Location: Online

Certificate: QQI Level 6

Cost: €1,675 - (Non Subsidised Fee €2,995)

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

The Certificate in International Trade provides practical knowledge and skills training to professionals working or aspiring to work in a variety of international trade roles. The course equips participants with an overview of international trade and customs regulations, explores some of the key issues and sustainability challenges facing the industry, and provides practical skills training in how to complete customs documentation and how to calculate emissions from transport and freight.

The programme consists of 6 modules with 6 interactive training days delivered by expert trainers with decades of experience in international trade, supply chain management and sustainable business. Additional self-study materials are accessed through our virtual learning platform. To pass the course, learners are required to complete a multiple-choice test after each module and are also required to submit a reflective diary and a short written assignment focusing on a customs journey case study.

Graduates of the programme receive a Certificate from TU Dublin at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications, in addition to a digital badge award from the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) and 1-year free affiliate membership of the Institute of Sustainable Trade (IST), where they will have access to further education, training, professional development and networking opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the primary functions and responsibilities of the principal authorities and regulations governing international trade
  • Outline the processes for completing customs declarations for the import and export of 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 Is This Course For?

  • Exporting and importing companies who wish to increase their knowledge and become more efficient in the evolving rules 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
  • Anyone involved in or supporting trade and investment, finance, supply chain operations and compliance
  • Professionals from any sector supporting international trade who wish to upskill in sustainable supply chain management


Module 1: 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 & 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 and 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 the origin of goods The differences between the 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 goods

Module 4: Incoterms & 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, 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

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Applications Closing on 14/02/2023

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