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Air & Ocean Freight Forwarding Overview

IF1u – Overview of International Air and Ocean Forwarding (US) Online Training


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.

Exporter personnel looking for a broad understanding of international air and ocean freight forwarding services and operational procedures in the US will benefit from this class. Newly employed US-based forwarder personnel in non-operational job assignments will also benefit from this course as they quickly gain awareness of company services, customers and the regulatory environment. This class provides an overview of international freight forwarding services, with a focus on air and ocean cargo transportation, including; freight forwarder functions, modes of cargo transportation, direct vs. indirect carriage, handling air cargo, ocean cargo, NVOCC services and more.


Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 22 hours or less.


Note: See also course IB1u—Overview of US Customs Brokerage: Import Process, Operations and Relationships. For entry-level forwarder personnel hired or transferred into operational positions, more in-depth training is needed. Click here for additional operational oriented courses.

  • Introduction to Freight Forwarding and Cargo Transportation
  • Freight Forwarder Functions & Opportunities (US)
  • Basic Cargo Transportation Concepts
  • Modes of Cargo Transportation and Cost Comparisons Between Modes
  • Cargo Transportation Trends
  • Direct vs. Indirect Carriage; Carrier-to-Carrier Contracting
  • Cargo Carrier Tariffs
  • Intro to Freight Rates; Factors that Influence Rates
  • Cargo Suitable for Air Shipment
  • Shipments that Justify Air Shipment
  • Air Cargo that Requires Special Handling and/or May Be Restricted
  • Air Forwarder Consolidation Co-Loading
  • Air Forwarder Services Overview
  • Forwarding as Part of Supply Chain Logistics
  • Forwarder Networks & Other Relationships
  • Origin Station Tasks Sometimes Required; Origin Station Job Titles
  • Destination Agent Functions; Air Forwarder Management
  • Introduction to Ocean Forwarder Services
  • Introduction to NVOCC Services
  • 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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