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Intro to Cargo Transportation: US Forwarders

T1u – Introduction to Cargo Transportation for Forwarders (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 class is designed as a primer for entry-level personnel involved in any mode of US commercial cargo transport. It includes the latest 2020 US regulatory information. The course should be taken as a foundation for anyone planning to take more advanced cargo-related courses. Get an overview of US freight forwarding, cargo transportation modes, carrier regulations, tariffs, rates and more.


Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 18 hours or less and earns NCBFAA-registered students 13 CCS/CES continuing education credits.

  • Our Role as Transportation Intermediaries
  • Freight Forwarder Functions and Opportunities
  • Basic Cargo Concepts
  • Inland Waterway and Intra-Coastal Transportation
  • 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 Agreements
  • Introduction to Transportation Carrier Regulation
  • US Transportation Carrier Regulation
  • Cargo Carrier Tariffs
  • Types of Shipping Rates/Charges – “Rate Basis”
  • Shipping Rates used in Ocean/Intermodal Transportation
  • Types of Cargo Rates as Used in Truck, Rail and Air Transportation
  • Types of Rates Used in Air Cargo Transportation
  • 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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Export Training

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