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An Introduction to Importing

This one-day seminar will consider the basic procedures, terminology and documentation involved in importing. It will give an overview of the entire importing process including supplier selection, evaluation of risks, supply chain, terms of delivery, methods of payment, selection of clearing agent, duty and excise and the role of UK customs. 





IoE member price - £299 + VAT*

Non-member price - £399 + VAT

*Please note that only Associate, Full and Business Members are eligible for this preferential rate.

FTA members will receive 15% discount from the non-member rate, by using the code FTA2020


Learning outcomes

  • Background to importing
  • Balance of Trade
  • Indirect and direct importing
  • Role of Clearing an Agent
  • Evaluations of risks - Supplier Due Diligence
  • Processing an import order - the contract of sale
  • Key documentation
  • The role of HM customs
  • Import Duties
  • Import VAT
  • Import Landed Cost Calculation   
  • Valuation Methods for Imports
  • Tariff Codes - HS / CN / TARIC
  • The Import Process   
  • CPC Codes - A brief explanation of what they are
  • SAD C88 Form - An overview
  • Incoterms - Application and impact on imports


Who should attend

This course is most suitable for new importers or people working in import but who have never had formal training. The departments within a business that this course would apply to are:

  • Customer Services
  • Shipping
  • Purchasing
  • Accounts and Finance
  • Import Administration
  • Logistics
  • Production Planning
  • Technical Support
  • Quality and Standards
  • Repairs
  • Distribution