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Cargo English

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The cargo industry is truly global, providing exciting opportunities to work with people from around the world. This course will prepare you with the relevant English vocabulary and terminology you need to know to work in this industry and communicate in day-to-day operations.

Course format: This is a distance learning course using printed materials. This course requires approximately 150 hours of study followed by a mandatory 3-hour final examination.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to write and discuss the following topics in English:

  • Modes of transport, including their advantages and disadvantages
  • Commodities that are shipped by air
  • Airport configurations
  • Types of packaging used when shipping goods by air
  • Cargo storage
  • Alternative routing options
  • Issues associated with lost or damaged cargo shipments

Key topics

  • Air cargo commodities
  • Aircraft, airlines and airports
  • Packing and handling facts
  • Warehousing and routings
  • Customs, documentation, liability and insurance

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Who should attend

Non-native English speakers working with international air cargo shipments.

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to students obtaining 60% or higher on the final examination.

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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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