Import, Export and Logistics Management


Course information

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11 weeks, excluding orientation
7 - 10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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In May 2018 alone, South Africa exported goods totalling more than R102 billion*. To succeed in the exporting, importing, and logistics sector, you need to get to grips with the laws that regulate international trade. Master logistics management, and give your business the best chance at success.

The Import, Export and Logistics Management online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) equips you with the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to conduct international trade.

Walk away with an understanding of the basic principles of financing and marketing to engage in the logistical aspects of international trade, while ensuring you adhere to international legal requirements.


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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Engage effectively and legally in international trade
  • Distinguish the components of cost and compiling a price list
  • Assess the importance of documentation in international trade and the role and influence of customs in executing a successful transaction
  • Understand the basics of the logistical environment in international trade
  • Differentiate the basics of foreign exchange markets and the components of a financial risk management policy

Course curriculum

Invest in learning how to differentiate the basics of foreign exchange markets and the components of a financial risk management policy with this online short course in Import, Export, and Logistics Management. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

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

Your Course Convener

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

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, Solly Levy Projects|Solly Levy Consulting

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town and use it to set yourself apart as an expert in importing, exporting, and logistics management in South Africa.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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