Shipping 101



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. 

The course includes a text book, work book, shipping geography and a tour of the port's container and intermodal facilities. 

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. 


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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.

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. 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.


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Class Schedule:  

Next class:  To be determined

Location: Marine Exchange of Puget Sound   

Registration form

Direct questions to John Veentjer at 206-443-3830 or jeveentjer@marexps.com


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.


  •  $ 995.00 to MXPS members
  •  $1095.00 to non-members

    ** Discounts available for multiple registrations from same organization

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