Import, Export and Logistics Management

Course starts 15 February 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
9 February 2021
Course Starts:
15 February 2021
11 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


A company’s decision to expand operations beyond national borders can unlock many new business opportunities. However, international trade comes with its challenges, and professionals in this field must have an in-depth understanding of the forces at play. 

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Import, Export and Logistics Management online short course aims to give you this understanding so that you can manage the strategic and technical aspects of international trade. Using a case study of a fictional small business, this course will enable you to engage with overseas markets in a manner that’s legally compliant, financially efficient, and culturally sensitive. You’ll learn the principles of logistics management, and walk away with knowledge to improve your business’s potential of trading success.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A grounding in all major facets of international trade, including logistics, marketing, and financial risk management
  • An understanding of how laws and regulations impact the importing and exporting process
  • A step-by-step checklist that can be used to determine a business’s readiness for international trade
  • Practical knowledge delivered by industry consultants with years of on-the-ground experience

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for professionals wanting to develop their skills in import, export, and logistics management, as well as those looking to formalise their existing knowledge and experience in this field to improve current role performance.

Operations managers, logistics managers, business owners, and imports coordinators will benefit from the course, including those aiming to start their own import and export company.

Course curriculum

Explore the forces impacting international trade as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The global trade environment
  • Module 2 Global monetary links
  • Module 3 South Africa’s international trade
  • Module 4 Cultural factors in international buying and selling
  • Module 5 International marketing and sourcing
  • Module 6 Financial risk management
  • Module 7 Planning and implementing a transportation strategy
  • Module 8 Fundamentals of Incoterms®
  • Module 9 Documentation and customs in international trade
  • Module 10 Import and export documentation and legal procedures
  • Module 11 International trade: Legal aspects and the role of agents and traders

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online course is guided by University of Cape Town faculty and industry experts, who share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Francois Toerien

Francois Toerien

Associate Professor at UCT, Head of Postgraduate Finance
Francois teaches investment ethics, alternative investments, equity investments, and corporate finance at third and fourth year levels at the University of Cape Town, and is involved in postgraduate research supervision. His research interests extend to public equities, private equity and entrepreneurial finance, carbon credits and environmentally-driven markets, developing market investments, and entrepreneurial finance.

Melinda du Preez

Melinda du Preez

Owner at Tradewize International
Melinda is the owner of TradeWize International which conducts training for a variety of companies to assist them in engaging in international trade. Previously, Melinda worked in the industry as the CEO of Stecha Exports and as the Export Manager at Sondor Industries before starting her own consulting business.

Guest Lecturers

Duncan Bonnet

Duncan Bonnet

Director of Strategy and Business Development at Africa House

Duncan Bonnet

Paul Runge

Director of Projects and Development Finance at Africa House

Solly Levy

Solly Levy

MD at Solly Levy Projects|Solly Levy Consulting

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Develop your knowledge of import, export, and logistics management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.



When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 15 February 2021.

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