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ITRISA runs a wide range of import and export short training courses which are readily available to the public. For ease of reference, these have been grouped under Export CoursesImport CoursesExport-Import Courses (currently available in the coastal cities only), and Subject-specific Courses that are applicable to both exporters and importers. A brief description of each course’s content, together with the dates on which they will be running in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town, are contained in the ITRISA Export / Import Short Course Training Schedule: January – June 2024

Export and Import Courses



(Duration: 1 day)

Provides a broad overview of the export process for the beginner: early considerations, the export sequence, customs issues, transportation, commonly used Incoterms®, payment methods, export assistance programmes and the export service industry.

(Duration: 3 modules over 5 days)

Module 1: The Export Process, Delivering Goods Internationally and Incoterms® 2020 (2 days)

Covers the export sequence, the handling of export enquiries, international transportation (road, rail, air, sea), transport documentation, marine insurance (principles, policy types and claims procedures) and Incoterms® 2020.

Module 2: Customs Procedures for Exports (1 day)

Covers the structure of the Harmonised System (HS) of Classification, ordinary customs procedures for export, the export of samples, the SA Customs Act, the SA Tariff Book, duty refunds, rebates and drawbacks, rebate stores, and bonded warehouses.

Module 3: Costing, Quoting, International Risk Management, VAT & Exports, and Payment Procedures (2 days)

Covers export costing, reacting to trade enquiries, working with foreign currencies, financial risk elements, VAT & Exports, international payment methods, export credit insurance, forward exchange contracts and CFC accounts.

(Duration: 1 day)

A case study-based workshop providing delegates with practical skills in export costing (according to the ICC’s Incoterms® 2020) and the preparation of export quotations and proforma invoices.

(Duration: 1 day)

Covers all forms of rebates (industrial, miscellaneous and export), drawbacks (both temporary and permanent) and refunds (miscellaneous and export) exploring the circumstances in which each is used, the application requirements, the role of Customs vis-à-vis ITAC in their administration, and the documentary procedures and calculations for each.  It concludes with a practical case study exercise.

(Duration: 2 days)

Covers the differences between selling locally and selling abroad; determining export readiness; selecting foreign markets; analysing export opportunities; identifying potential buyers; the international marketing mix; maximising value-addition from trade missions, trade fairs and one-on-one meetings; and how to put together an effective export marketing plan.

(Duration: ½ day)

Designed to ensure that you do not fall foul of the taxman, this briefing covers the South African VAT Act as it pertains to exports and the VAT Incentive Scheme: zero rating vs standard rating, salient interpretation notes, direct vs indirect exports, timelines and documentary requirements.

(Duration: 3 days)

Covers all the documents (instruction, customs, transport, exchange control, etc.) used in effecting the export of a consignment by road, rail, air, sea or multimodal transport, and receipt of payment under a bank collection and a documentary credit (L/C).



(Duration: 1 day)

Provides a broad overview of the import process for the beginner: early considerations, the import sequence, customs issues, the indent, transportation, commonly used Incoterms®, payment methods and import service industry.

(Duration: 3 modules over 5 days)

Module 1: The Import Process – From Compiling Enquiries, Selecting Incoterms® and Costing, to Arranging Transport and Cargo Insurance, and Dealing with Defective Cargo Receipts (2 days)

Covers an overview of a typical import transaction (parties involved, documents and sequence of steps), international transportation (road, rail, sea, air and transport documentation), dealing with deficient cargo, import enquiries (feasibility studies, the indent), Incoterms® 2020, import costing and cargo insurance (principles, policy types and claims).

Module 2:  Import Customs Procedures (2 days)

Covers general customs considerations; South Africa’s trade relationships; the Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HS), i.e. product classification; the S A Customs Tariff and Schedules, and import controls; standard customs procedures for import; bonded warehouses.

Module 3: Payment Methods for Imports (1 day)

Covers financial risk dimensions, different international payment methods (bank collections & documentary credits [L/Cs]), bills of exchange, reasons for bank rejection of documents under an L/C, currencies used in international trade, UCP 600 and UCR 522, the workings of the foreign exchange market and different types of foreign exchange transaction.

(Duration: 1 day)

A case-study based workshop providing delegates with practical skills in accurately costing an import consignment to the point at which it has been delivered, customs-cleared, at the importer’s premises.

(Duration: 3 days)

Covers all the documents (instruction, customs, transport, etc.) used in effecting the import of a consignment by air, sea or multimodal transport; dealing with receipt of discrepant cargo, and the releasing of payment for goods.  This workshop is heavily case-study based with delegates, on completion, expected to be able to accurately complete the documents required to effect final delivery in different circumstances.

(Duration: 1-day)

Covers the South Africa valuation process in detail (including regulations relating to the customs valuation of containerised goods as per the Revenue Laws Amendment Act of 2008).  Includes the various means by which duties are calculated in South Africa and incorporates a number of practical exercises to consolidate delegates’ understanding of the various procedures involved.

Export-Import / Subject-Specific


Available in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town & Johannesburg

Provides a broad overview of the export-import process for the beginner: early considerations, the export/import sequence, the export enquiry and the indent, customs issues (including registration), transportation, commonly used trade terms (Incoterms® 2020), payment methods, export assistance programmes and the export/import service industry.

Module 1: The Export Import Process, Delivering Goods Internationally, Incoterms®2020 (2 days)

Covers the export-import procedure flow charts; international transportation (road, rail, sea and air) and related documentation; and Incoterms® 2020

Module 2: Export-Import Customs Procedures (2 days)

Covers customs registration procedures; the Harmonised System (HS) of product classification; the SA Customs tariff and schedules; ordinary export and import customs procedures; customs procedures pertaining to samples; duty refunds, rebates and drawbacks; bonded warehouses.

Module 3:  Cargo Insurance; International Trade Risk Management, Payment Procedures; and Costing International Transactions (1 day)

Covers marine/cargo insurance; foreign exchange transactions; SA VAT & Exports/Imports; the financial risk elements of export-import; international payment methods (UCP 600, URC 522) and their documentary requirements; export credit insurance; export and import costing; sales enquiries, feasibility studies, indents, quotations and proforma invoices.


Courses of relevance to both exporters and importers

(Duration: 1 day)

A practical, case study-based workshop covering different forms (irrevocable; and irrevocable and confirmed) and types (transferable, back-to-back, revolving, red clause, standby) of documentary credit (L/C) and their application.  Attention is paid to the UCP 600, i.e. its specifications re documentation, while examples of simple to complex L/Cs, and their specific requirements, are explored.

(Duration: 1 day)

Covers the impact of the ICC’s Incoterms®2020 on import and export costing, transaction risk evaluation, and party (seller and buyer) obligations pertaining to consignment delivery.

(Duration: 1 day)

This workshop takes delegates step-by-step through the HS classification process as prescribed by the World Customs Organisation and the South Africa’s Customs & Excise regulations, providing many examples and practical exercises to ensure that when they leave, delegates are familiar with the process.

(Duration: ½ day)

Covers logistics in business today; the role of warehousing in the logistics system; functions of warehousing; trends in materials handling; cargo stowage principles; product packing and marking; and international transportation and the role of documents in the movement of cargo internationally.

Registration and More

  • Johannesburg courses:  Public training courses in Johannesburg are usually run in Rivonia at Sandton Lodge in 12th Street, Rivonia.  Access from the N1 is via the Rivonia Road offramp. The Lodge offers accommodation at a preferential rate to out-of-town delegates attending an ITRISA course.
  • Durban courses:  Public training courses in KwaZulu Natal are usually conducted at the Premier Hotel in Pinetown although, on occasion, other venues are used.

NOTE: Course venues mentioned above are dependent on availability and capacity.


The fee structure for the above ITRISA learning courses is as follows:

R3 000.00 + VAT, i.e., R3 450.00 per person per day (inclusive of refreshments, all support documentation, assessment and certification).

R1 425.00 + VAT, i.e., R1 638.75 per person per day.

If more than one delegate from the same company books on a particular course He/she will pay R2 700.00 + VAT, i.e., R3 105.00 per person per day. On a morning-only course, he/she will pay R1 282.50 + VAT i.e., R1 474.88


Bookings can be made online by clicking HERE.  Alternatively, download a pdf version of the Export / Import Training Schedule: January – June 2024 (which includes a booking form) HERE.

Payment should be received at least six working days prior to the commencement of a course.  Only bookings accompanied by full payment will be accepted thereafter.

Only in exceptional circumstances will a course be run without a minimum of 5 delegates having made confirmed bookings at least five days prior to the commencement of the course.  It is therefore important to book well in advance to avoid the disappointment of a course having to be canceled because of insufficient numbers.

Company personnel booking delegates on a short course should ensure that they have noted ITRISA’s cancellation policy.  This is clearly stated on the booking form but is repeated here.

Any bookings cancelled within 6 working days of the commencement of a course are not eligible for a refund.  Should, however, the individual concerned book forward to the next run of the same course, the fee for subsequent attendance will be reduced to 50% of the prevailing fee.  If ITRISA is obliged to cancel a course due to insufficient bookings, those delegates who have paid for the course concerned will be given the option of a full refund or a transfer to a subsequent run of the course.

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