Shipping 101


MAY 22 - 26, 2017  (POSTPONED)

The next class for the Global Commerce - International Transportation and Trade Course (Shipping 101) will be held when we have sufficient number of interested individuals to put a class convening on the calendar.  THUS, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE LET US KNOW EITHER BY SUBMITTING A REGISTRATION FORM WITH DATES OPEN OR BY SENDING AN EMAIL.

This course was previously presented in Seattle in May 2013, March 2014, July 2015 and May 2016. See the course reviews to the right.

This five-day intensive course covers the material you need to know and understand to effectively trade and ship in the global marketplace. The course includes the evolution of international trade and transportation, all critical work processes, compliance requirements and different modes of transportation. This course will enhance your competitiveness in the global marketplace as a seller, buyer or service provider.  See the course syllabus.

The course includes a text book, work book, shipping geography and a tour of the port's container and intermodal facilities. 3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and 20 Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) Certified Export Specialist (CES) Credit is available.

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Direct questions to John Veentjer at 206-443-3830 or


Course Description:

The Shipping 101 course provides students with a better understanding of the transportation chain – from the buyer and seller negotiating their terms of sale, to delivery of that cargo at the final destination.  Many parties are involved in moving the goods to the final destination and this course discusses each of these parties and what their purpose and responsibility is.  

We start with some history of shipping and a review of world geography before moving into a discussion of the Incoterms used to help clarify who is responsible for the cost of the transportation as well as the risks involved and where the seller will hand over this cost and risk to the buyer.  We discuss the transport costs, how they are determined and the different rate options customers have.   From there, the freight forwarders, NVOOC, and ocean carriers involvement begins as they arrange the needed bookings, prepare the paperwork need and arrange transport of the cargo.  We discuss the different types of equipment that are available, and their purposes and then discuss intermodal transportation and the different types of movements that are available and the government requirements for cargo crossing US borders.  We close the operations section with a discussion on the operations that occur on the marine terminal and on the vessel. 

We also discuss the effect of the transport on the cargo.  Among other things, students are reminded that shippers must be aware that their cargo may incur extreme temperature changes as the cargo moves from the winter temperatures of China to extreme heat and humidity as the vessel and cargo is crossing the equator back to winter temperatures when arriving at destination in Canada.  If cargo is not packed correctly to deal with these changes the cargo may arrive at destination ruined, and the someone will be paying for these losses.  Who will pay?  This will be discussed throughout the course, as we review the current shipping laws in affect, the information provided by carriers on the “back of the bill of lading”, and the process that needs to be followed in the event of damages and claims.

Employees of ocean carriers and NVO’s may inadvertently move the responsibility for damages from the shipper to the carrier by placing information on the bill of lading that should not appear.  An example would be “cargo stowed under deck” when it was not.  This and other aspects of documentation will be discussed, including  the difference between a negotiable and non-negotiable bill of lading as well as Letters of Credit.   We discuss terms like “general average” and “force majeure” and how these terms affect the transport as well as the buyer and sellers costs and risk.  We also spend time reviewing the import process and the parties involved, so that everyone understands the roles of customs brokers, carriers, and the government in the process of clearing and delivering the cargo to the final destination.  This includes 24 hour requirements and ISF or 10+2 regulations.

Time is spent at one of the marine terminals allowing the students to see the vessel and the terminal in operation.  This is often the highlight of the course as it brings to life so much of what has been discussed during the week.  The course closes on Friday with the final exam.




Class Schedule: 

Next class:  May 22 thru 26, 2017
(This class postponed pending interested individuals)

Location: Marine Exchange of Puget Sound  

Previous Classes:   

    Seattle - May 2 - 6, 2016
            at the Marine Exchange
            *** See reviews below ***

    Seattle - July 20 - 24, 2015
            at the Marine Exchange
            *** See reviews below ***

    Seattle - March 3 - 7, 2014
            at the Marine Exchange
            *** See reviews below ***

    Seattle - May 20 - 24, 2013
            at the Marine Exchange
            *** See reviews below ***

     $ 995.00 to MXPS members
     $1095.00 to non-members
    ** Discounts available for multiple registrations from same organization

    Shipping 101 carries 3.2 CEU Credits from Old Dominion University (ODU).  It also carries 20 CCS/CES Credits through the National Customs House Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association

SHIPPING 101 Reviews
Quotes from Class of May 2 - 6, 2016

1)  What did you expect to get from this training? "To learn more about the business of shipping." Did the training class meet your expectations? "Yes."

2)  About the trainer -- "Very knowledgeable! Answered myriad questions to help me understand.  Was very knowledgeable about longshoreman." "Yes. Exceeded expectations."  "Yes. The trainer was extremely knowledgeable." "Anita was knowledgeable and very thorough.  She was clear and answered questions in a clearway.

3)  Why did you take the training class?  "To gain a better and more complete understanding of cargo shipping, logistics, import/export, etc."  Did the training class meet your expectations?  "Yes."

4)  Do you think the experience will assist you any in your job area?  "Definitely."

5)  Would you recommend taking this class to anyone else?  All did.  "Yes definitely.  Anyone new to or interested importing/exporting or transportation would benefit from this course."

6)  What did you expect to get out of this training experience?  "Use of terms, definitions, general understanding on legal and practical concepts."  Did the training class meet your expectations? "It did indeed."

SHIPPING 101 Reviews
Quotes from Class of July 20-24, 2015

1)  “Yes!  It's a lot of information, but I think it was facilitated in bite sized pieces.  I picked up a lot even though I came in knowing quite a bit."

2)  Regarding recommending course "Yes, I actually did it already  ..."

3)  Regarding the trainer "Yes, the trainer was aware of how the class was comprehending the material and adjusted pace of instruction accordingly."

4)  Regarding the trainer "Absolutely, the trainer was excellent, and had enthusiam about the subject.  The additionl handouts ... were helpful."

5)  "Yes, anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the shipping industry would greatly benefit for this course."

6) "Exceeded my expectations.  It was basic enough to help those students entirely new to the material but also interesting enough and included enough material to be beneficial to those experienced in maritime."

SHIPPING 101 Reviews
Quotes from the Class of March 3 - 7, 2014

1)  “Information to add value to myself and dept. and to train future and current employees."

2)  Did the training class meet your expections?  "Yes" ... to “The knowledge of the trainer was very thorough.”

3)  Did the training class meet your expections?  "Yes" ... "To enhance my knowledge of international supply chain."

4)  Do you think the experience will assist you any in your job area?  "Yes"

5)  Would you recommend this class to anyone else?  Five "Yes".

SHIPPING 101 Reviews
Quotes from Inaugural Class
May 20-24, 2013

1)  “I would recommend this class to anyone interested in shipping, ports, trade and economic development.”

2)  “The knowledge of the trainer was very thorough.”

3)  “This training class absolutely exceeded my expectations.”

4)  “Even though I have 30 years of waterfront experience, I gleaned a tremendous amount of new knowledge from this course – highly recommended.”

5)  “Not just ‘SHIPPING 101,’ but ‘IMPORT/EXPORT 101,’ ‘INTERMODAL 101,’ and even to some extent, particularly in regards to marine terminals, ‘TRUCKING 101.’

6)  “This class is definitely going to assist me in my job areas.”