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Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR)

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In this course you will learn how to ship perishable goods safely and comply with IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations. You will learn about shipper and airline responsibilities, perishable classifications, packaging, labelling and marking, and perishable handling procedures.

Course format

This distance learning course is available in Printed format.
  • This course requires approximately 6 - 8 hours of study, to be completed in 12 months.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination. Please refer to the Exam Information below for more details.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Review methods and techniques to better manage time and temperature sensitive cargo
  • Explore the latest industry trends and types of perishable commodities transported by air
  • Reduce your business exposure through in-depth analysis of global government controls
  • Identify new market opportunities and how to improve service to existing markets through rigorous study of transport standards and documentation
  • Review and gain knowledge through the current Shipping Perishable Cargo Guidelines Publication in conjunction with the Shipping Perishable Cargo workbook

Key topics

  • Proper use of IATA's Shipping Perishable Cargo manual and workbook
  • Government and airline regulations
  • Shippers and airlines responsibilities
  • Perishables classification
  • Packaging, documentation and marking requirements for perishable cargo
  • Special perishable shipping procedures and considerations
  • Load planning and acceptance
  • Air logistics for temperature-sensitive healthcare products

Download the course outline

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Cargo agents
  • Freight forwarders
  • Airlines and cargo training specialists
  • Cargo operations managers and frontline supervisors

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate is awarded to participants successfully passing the final exam.

Exam information

Please read the General Information on Distance Learning Exams, and check the Distance Learning - Course edition list for exams when booking your exam.

  • Exam Delivery Method: Non-supervised online-based exam. Exam can be taken any time at your convenience.
  • Exam Format: Multiple Choice questions
  • Number of questions: 60
  • Time Allowance: 3 hours
  • Passing Grade: 60% correct answers
  • Number of exam attempts: 2

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

Additional information

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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