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Intro to Cargo Transportation: US Importers/Exporters

T3u - Introduction to Cargo Transportation for Shippers, Importers, Exporters (US)


Study Time (Hrs)


CE Credits (CCS & CES)


NOTE: You will be prompted to Register if you have not already done so. If you already have a login, please click “Proceed to Enrollment” on the next screen.

This US commercial cargo transportation course is tailored to entry-level import/export personnel and includes current 2020 US regulatory information. Personnel involved in selecting and working with any mode of US commercial cargo transportation will also benefit from this class. The course also functions as a primer for shippers planning to take more advanced cargo-related classes.


Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 17 hours or less.

  • Cargo Transportation—Basic Concepts and Issues (US)
  • Inland and Intra-Coastal Waterways
  • Deep Sea Shipping
  • Rail Transportation
  • Air Cargo Transportation
  • Truck Transportation; Cost Comparisons Among Modes
  • Cargo Transportation Trends as Part of Broader Logistics Services
  • Shipper-to-Carrier Relationship
  • Direct vs. Indirect Carriage; Carrier-to-Carrier Relationships
  • Transportation Carrier Regulation; Tariffs
  • U.S. Transportation Carrier Regulation
  • Cargo Carrier Tariffs
  • Cargo Freight Rate Structures/Charges
  • Additional Factors Which Influence Freight Rates
  • Ocean and Intermodal Freight Rates & Charges
  • Types of Rates/Charges Used in Air Cargo Transportation
  • Types of Rates/Charges Used in Rail & Truck Transportation; Forwarder Rates
  • Transportation Carrier Liability for Cargo Loss or Damage; Overview of Cargo Insurance
  • Click here to view a detailed class syllabus

For those who are already a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) or a Certified Export Specialist (CES) registered with the NCBFAA, provide us with your CCS/CES ID number and you will automatically get continuing education credits upon the successful completion of a qualified course. To get your CE credits, follow these easy steps:


  1. Register for DB Schenker online training (if you haven’t already done so)
  2. Login with your user name and password, and you will be directed to your “My Page” section.
  3. Select “Update user record” on the right, enter your CCS or CES number in the “NCBFAA ID” field, and click Submit Update.

That’s it! Once you’re signed up, we’ll automatically send any CE credits you earn directly to the NCBFAA!

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Ocean Forwarding & NVO Services Training

Some 90% of world trade is shipped by Ocean Freight; it takes an army of highly skilled Ocean Forwarding professionals to keep it moving.

Export Training

Learn how to export goods from the US — or sharpen your skills — while fully complying with international shipping requirements.

Cargo Insurance

If your freight is damaged in transit, are you covered? Protect it with Cargo Insurance! And now with Instant Online Quoting, get covered faster and for less.