Perishable Cargo Transportation (LIVE virtual classroom)

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Did you know that in the past 5 years, 163 participants from 35 countries have taken this course with IATA?

About the course

2-day (8 hours) LIVE virtual classroom course

IATA Perishable Cargo Transportation aviation training course

Gain the knowledge required to ship perishable cargo safely complying with industry standards meanwhile identifying interesting business development opportunities for your company. Whether it concerns fruits, pharmaceuticals, vegetables, frozen fish or flowers, perishables are, due to their nature, often shipped via air. These products are usually for human consumption, have a short shelf life and closely monitored by national government bodies. Ensuring this cargo is delivered at its destination within the best conditions requires a thorough understanding of the most up-to-date regulations and procedures. This course provides detailed insight into the proper handling of perishable cargo.

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Course Code: TCGP-21-VC

Course format

  • The live sessions of this virtual classroom course are delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • The course will take you approximately 8 hours to complete and be held over 2 consecutive days.
  • There will be 2 live interactive virtual classroom sessions per day, each session will be 120 minutes.
  • The live sessions will require your participation, with multiple Q&A sessions and additional time spent on self-study material including projects, research, additional reading and videos.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment.

Technical requirements

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  • Participants should have prior knowledge of air cargo procedures.
  • Recommended level is Entry-level and Intermediate.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the salesperson in your region.

Virtual venues

We schedule our virtual classroom courses through one of 3 virtual venues, each in a different time zone for your convenience. For more information, please visit our page on virtual classroom timing or contact our Customer Portal.

Please check the exact schedule of each class below (View more details) and click ‘Register’.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Improve time and temperature-sensitive cargo management with the latest methods and techniques
  • Explore the latest industry trends and types of perishable commodities transported by air
  • Recognize global government controls to reduce your business exposure
  • Identify new market opportunities
  • Describe the procedures and documents to improve service
  • Use the current IATA Perishable Cargo
  • Regulations (PCR) in line with other applicable publications

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • How to use IATA’s Perishable Cargo Regulations manual
  • Government and airline regulations
  • Carrier regulations
  • Shipper’s and airline’s responsibilities
  • Perishable types and their classification
  • Packaging types
  • Documentation and labelling
  • Acceptance and control
  • Perishable handling procedures
  • ULD and airport operations
  • Damage, claims and tracking
  • Air transport of cut flowers
  • CITES regulations

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • All Cargo operations and ground handling staff responsible for handling any type of perishable cargo
  • Cargo customer service and sales staff at airlines and cargo agents.
  • Logistics/transportation department staff at shippers preparing perishable cargo for air transportation.
  • Instructional designers and instructors responsible for cargo training

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% 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:

Special Cargo Handling Diploma

Safely and efficiently handle special commodities.

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