International Trade Operations and Procedures (ITOPS)


Member Price:  
4 days
Non-Member Price:  
Lunch Provided:  

DATE:   04.06.2018

LOCATION:   Albion House

TIME:   9:30

DATE:   10.09.2018

LOCATION:   Albion House

TIME:   9:30

DATE:   08.11.2018

LOCATION:   Albion House

TIME:   9:30

Course Overview

ITOPS is a recognised International Trade Qualification covering the main elements of import/export administration. The course runs over four separate workshops, followed by an assessment. Now BCC Accredited, successful candidates will receive the BCC Foundation Award in International Trade.


This practical and relevant qualification is designed to prove that candidates have the necessary skills to accurately operate the administration procedures in an international trade administration environment.

The four training workshops covering the main elements of operations in international trade are:

  • Administration Procedures
  • Export Documentation
  • Customs and Excise and other legal Requirements
  • Export Payments
  • Dispatch and Shipping

Candidates will have the possibility of airport visits, container ship visits and placement with a freight forwarder. All are considered as very important in developing knowledge and skills

Key points

  • ITOPS is a practical “work-based” qualification that has been achieved by several hundred exporters, importers, freight forwarders and those in related industries
  • It is a qualification based over four workshops, about a fortnight apart – with completion in approximately four months
  • It is a development programme designed to give those working in exports (and imports) the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to operate effectively and cost effectively.
  • It covers the main areas of knowledge required by international trade administrators to achieve success – including the areas of:- administration, documentation, finance, moving goods and legal requirements
  • Candidates achieve the award by undertaking a formal assessment where they provide a portfolio of evidence to confirm they have workplace skills – and that provides proof of skills development and knowledge in areas they would not normally cover in their job. This formal assessment is NOT an examination.

“When 85% of your turnover is Worldwide export then understanding the implications of International Trade and getting it right is paramount, especially with ever increasing red tape. If you do not get it right, then there can be far reaching and costly consequences. We can highly recommend sending your teams on this course and we know that funding is available. Since completing this the team has grown in confidence and able to make suggestions to save money and time. The Commercial acumen they can now demonstrate is excellent as they are starting to understand “the bigger picture” and any implications whilst being able to offer alternatives.”

Karen Yates, Macalloy

Workshop 1

  • Preparing for Export
  • Incoterms® 2010
  • The commodity code
  • Proving origin – at export
  • The Commercial documents
  • Payment Considerations

Workshop 2

  • Moving goods – packing and marking considerations, cargo measuring, selection criteria for freight forwarders
  • Airfreight, seafreight and road haulage considerations
  • Transport documentation – airfreight security, SSNs and DGNs
  • Customs’ and Legal – Intrastat, export entries, export licensing
  • Incoterms – the current (2010) F terms
  • Payment – cash with order considerations
  • The importance of accurate cargo measurements
  • Packing and marking considerations
  • The Freight Forwarding Industry

Workshop 3

  • Moving Goods – freight accounting and freight charging, Insuring the cargo.
  • Transport documentation – the proof of export documents – bills of lading, certificates of shipment, CMR notes and airway bills
  • Incoterms – the current C terms
  • Finance – Claiming cargo insurance and documentary collections
  • Customs’ and Legal – ISPM15, Pre-shipment inspection, proof of export required by HMRC

Workshop 4

  • Incoterms – the D terms
  • Payment – Letters of Credit
  • Customs’ and Legal Requirements– temporary import and export procedures
  • Import considerations, Paying duties and Duty deferment, Bonded facility.
  • Legally avoiding duty using I.P.R. O.P.R and ATA Carnets.

Successful candidates will be awarded the BCC Accredited ITOPS Qualification, learning how to avoid costly mistakes and improve their international trade procedures – previous delegates have saved their employers thousands of pounds. This course is suitable for anyone employed in an international trade environment – whether that of a manufacturer/supplier or freight forwarder.

2018 Workshop Dates

  • June Workshop Dates – 04/06/2018, 13/06/2018, 28/06/2018 & 12/07/2018
  • September Workshop Dates – 10/09/2018, 23/09/2018, 09/10/2018 & 31/10/2018
  • November Workshop Dates – 08/11/2018, 21/11/2018, 04/12/2018 & 18/12/2018


The price includes training for four workshops, course folders and printed notes, full trainer support during the course of the programme, final assessment day, portfolio assessment and verification.