Manual in Freight Forwarding

Manual in freight forwarding in accordance with the standards of FIATA  © NSBS 2018

These editions of the Handbook have been published by the NSBS in accordance with the standards for professional training of freight forwarders defined by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).

These standards determine the international level of the necessary professional competence in forwarding profession





1.     international freight   forwarder and the transportation of goods

2.     International trade and the freight forwarder’s activity

3.     National and international organizations in freight forwarding and trade

4.     Organization of the activity of the freight forwarding company

5.     Financial and legal requirement in the freight forwarder’s activity

6.    FIATA documents and forms

7.     Specialized transport

8.    Requirements for packaging and marking of goods







1.    Legal regulation of the national and international road transport of goods

2.    Main types of vehicles for the transport of goods by road

3.    Intermodal road-water and road-rail transport

4.    Road transport of goods at controlled temperature

5.    Waybills and accompanying documents

6.    Contract for transport of goods by road

7.    Customs regime for international road transport of goods

8.   Pricing in road transport of goods








1.    Legal norms regulating international and national rail transport

2.    Vehicles, infrastructure and technologies in rail transport

   2.1.  Conventional rail transport (rail wagons)

   2.2.  Combined rail - road transport

   2.3.  Specialized rail transport

3.    Transport documents and accompanying documents

4.    International tarrifs for conventional and combined rail transport

   4.1.  International tariffs for conventional rail transport  

   4.2.  International tariffs for combined rail transport  

   4.3.  National tarrifs for rail transport of goods

5.   Geography and operational aspects of rail transport in Europe







1.    General knowledge of air transport of goods

   1.1.  Review of the air freight market

  1.2.  International organizations regulating the air transport of goods

  1.3.  IATA Cargo Agent / Intermediary

  1.4.  Differences between Cargo Agent / Intermediary and Consolidator

   1.5.  The Warsaw convention of 1929 and its amendments

   1.6.  The Montreal Convention of 1999

   1.7.  Liability of the air carrier for the transported goods

2.    Transport of dangerous goods by air

3.    The most commonly used aircraft for the transport of goods by air. Loading devices for air transport of goods (ULD)

4.    Waybills and accompanying documents

5.    Pricing in air transport of goods

6.    Geography of air transport of goods




1.    Container transport technology

2.    Container ships

3.    Container terminals

4.    Types of containers and their specification

5.    Transport documents

6.   Pricing

7.   Geography of container transport









1. International organizations regulating sea transport

2. International legal norms

    2.1. Hague Rules

    2.2.  Hague-Visby Rules

    2.3. Hamburg Rules

    2.4. Rotterdam Rules

     2.5. Liability of the sea carrier for shipments to / from the USA

3. Provisions for the transport of dangerous goods by sea - IMDG Code

4. General requirements for the packaging and marking of goods

5. Organizational forms of sea transport of goods

6. Main types of cargo ships

7. Documents in sea transport

8. Charter party

9. Pricing in sea transport

10. Sea ports




1.   General knowledge of multimodal transport

2.   Legal framework of multimodal transport

3.  Types of multimodal transport

4. Combined road - rail - road transport

5. Types of Multimodal Transport Operators (MTO)

6. Documents in multimodal transport

7. Planning and freight forwarding of import shipments

8. Planning and freight forwarding of export shipments

9. Introduction to project forwarding

10. Alternative transport solutions

11. Pricing in multimodal transport






1. General information about inland waterway transport in Europe

2. Legal regime for inland waterway transport in Europe

   2.1.  Public-legal regime of transport on the Danube River

   2.2.  European Union provisions concerning inland waterway transport

   2.3.  Contract of International transport by inland waterways of Europe

   2.4.  ADN Convention on the international transport of dangerous goods by inland waterways

   2.5.  Transport operations on Europe 's inland waterways

3.    Types of ships used for inland waterway transport in Europe

4.    Transport documents and documents accompanying the goods

5.    Pricing in inland waterway transport

6.    Geography of inland waterways in Europe






1. Nature and content of the customs representation

2. Commercial and transport documentation at the customs office

3. Customs and other specific documents at the customs representation

4. Customs representation at import of goods

5. Customs representation for export of goods

6. Customs representation in transit of goods

7. Scope and technology of customs representation in excise taxation

8. Scope and technology of intra-Community trade representation

9. Information technology in customs representation








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