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Customs Security and Facilitation (Classroom, 3 days)

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Learn about the latest customs security programs and trade facilitation measures that can simplify your company’s cargo business processes.

The tightened security on goods crossing international borders may require new, labor-intensive processes for your business to ensure compliance. This course gives you an introduction to key customs security programs and provides measures for lessening their impact on operations.

You will learn how to apply the requirements of the WCO SAFE framework, the EU Authorized Economic Operator model, and the US Air Cargo Advanced Screening Program. You will also receive facilitation tools you can deploy in your operations to simplify and harmonize the growing number of customs procedures.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 3 days (24 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Management and Intermediate
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

There are currently no scheduled classes. Check back later for updates or contact us to arrange a class in your company.

What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand import, export and transit customs processes
  • Interpret the WCO SAFE Framework and apply its requirements within your company’s daily operations
  • Prepare for the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot and its foreseen regulations
  • Understand the facilitation measures described in the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention and ICAO Chicago Convention Annex 9
  • Understand the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation requirements and criteria
  • Know where to access required security and facilitation self-assessment tools
  • Set out an action plan to ensure compliance with key customs security programs

Course content

  • Customs procedures and controls (will vary by the location of the course)
  • Customs security regulations
  • World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE framework
  • Air Cargo Advance Screening program
  • WCO Revised Kyoto Convention
  • ICAO Annex 9
  • Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) pre-assessment and application process
  • Business process models to map security requirements

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  • Case studies and associated action plans

Who should attend

This course is open to:

  • All air cargo staff with customs or security responsibilities. A basic understanding of customs and other regulatory concepts is required.

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 80% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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