Seafreight Forwarding Operations

Provided by The Logistics Academy

Course introduction


This one-day course will equip working professionals with comprehensive insight on sea freight forwarding operations. The course aims to provide good understanding on procedures for handling export and import shipments, documents involved in shipping, the concept of containerization and conference systems as well as importance of job costing in sea freight forwarding operations. It also provides an update on the latest development in the sea transport sector.


SLA publication on The Practitioner’s Guide : Seafreight Forwarding will be provided to every participant.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure


  • Why shipping is still the most common mode of international transport and an update of the latest development in the sea transport sector?
  • Why transport geography is important in relation to major ports of call, major shipping routes, time zones and international dateline?
  • Understand the basic characteristics of ships and the different types of ships used to carry different types of cargo and the notion of ship’s speed
  • Understand the definition of a carrier
  • Understand the procedures for handling export and import shipments
  • Understand the documents used in shipping cargo
  • Appreciate the role of ports and the equipment used in the port
  • Understand the concept of containerization, types of containers, uses, specifications with regard to weight  limitations and volumetric capacity
  • Understand the concept of container leasing and functions of inland container depot
  • Understand the conference systems, shipping consortia, conference terms, freight tariffs
  • Understand the importance of job costing in sea freight operations.
  • Principles of Material Handling and cargo operations in the port, warehouse and ship.

Area of Studies

Designed For

The programme is designed for sea freight industry personnel including staff of logistics, manufacturing, trading and service companies to learn more about the current, practical and hands-on field applications and practices in the air logistics industry as well as those who are interested in a career in the logistics industry.


A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded upon successful completion with 75% attendance.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration


1 day: 9am to 6 pm

Fees & Funding

  SLA Member Company Non-Member
Course Fee $398 $498 $498
GST $27.86 $34.86 $34.86
Application Fee $32.10 $32.10 $32.10
Total Fee
(payable to TLA)
$457.96 $564.96 $564.96
PIC Grant 60%
(or available tax deductions/ allowances)
(or available tax deductions/ allowances)

Payment will only be required after the course is confirmed.
(The status of the course would usually be advised one (1) month before the course start date.)

Payment mode (retail payments facilities are not available) :
Overseas – Telegrahic transfer
Local – Cheque or bank transfer