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Import-Export Terms, Collections, & Letters of Credit

C2 – Import-Export Terms, Collections, Letters of Credit 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.

This class covers the full range of payment terms and methods typically used by importers and exporters and is particularly useful to importers and exporters for negotiating payment terms, collections, and Letters of Credit with foreign trading partners.


Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 24.5 hours or less and earns NCBFAA-registered students 20 CCS/CES continuing education credits.


Important: Students should have access to the ICC Publication ICC Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP600) available directly from the on-line ICC Bookstore (the leaflet version will do). The ICC publication ICC Uniform Rules for Collections, URC 522 is recommended but not necessary to course study.

  • Basic Concepts
  • The Spectrum of Payment Alternatives
  • Common Export/Import Payment Terms & Options
  • Documentary Draft Collections; Electronic Collection Options
  • Completing Drafts, Collection Instructions, Document Transmittal
  • Letters of Credit — Rules, Benefits and Risks
  • L/C Application Procedures
  • L/C Scrutiny by Beneficiary; Amendment Procedures
  • L/C Document Presentation, Discrepancies and Getting Paid
  • Typical L/C Problems at Time of Shipment
  • Preparation of Typical Documents Required Under an L/C
  • Documents Required Under an L/C, cont.; Document Presentation
  • Avoiding Document Rejection by L/C Negotiating Bank; Negotiation and Payment
  • Special Payment Situations; Reduction in Risk for Open Account Sales
  • A Freight Forwarder’s Role in Foreign Collections
  • A Forwarder’s Key Letters of Credit Concerns
  • Processing Other Types of Collections; Document Transmittal & Follow-Up
  • 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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