The Academy of International Trade and Transport (AITT) is the training arm of the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA). It is a body endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations (FIATA).
AITT, in order to attract young school leavers to the industry ventured into a partnership with the Achievers Business School in Colombo to promote Logistics related programs to be included in the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) courses, which will also attract outside student enrollment. Day to day activities of AITT is currently managed by a dedicated unit of young professional employed by Achievers.
The regular training courses that were conducted during the reporting period is given below and all participants completed the full course including sitting for the examination.
Foundation Course on Multimodal Transport & Logistics
The Foundation course on Multimodal Transport & Logistics is tailored to facilitate an entry into the freight forwarding and logistics industry and is ideal for school leavers wishing to join the industry.
The course is conducted in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
The duration of the programme is 2 months and covers the basics that are essential for beginners joining the industry.
|Foundation Course Modules|
||Globalization trade and Transport Linkages.|
|Module 2||International Sale Transaction & Documentary Credit Sales|
|Module 3||International Commercial Terms 2000 INTERCOMS|
|Module 4||Transport Documents|
|Module 5||Plan & Execute An Export Shipment|
|Module 6||Evolving role of the Freight Forwarder|
|Module 7||Cargo & Packaging|
|Module 8||Multimodal Transport Operations|
|Module 9||Unitization of Cargo|
|Module 10||Selecting & Assessing the Transport Routes|
|Module 11||Introduction to Logistics & Supply Chain Management|
|Module 12||The Scope of Liability of the Parties in the Transport Chain|
|Module 13||Parties in the Transport Chain & Insurance Cover|
Certificate Course in Logistic Services, Freight Forwarding & Multi Modal Transport
Certificate Course in Logistic Services, Freight Forwarding & Multi Modal Transport is designed for professionals with two years of industry experience.
This course qualifies the company / student with the requirements stipulated by the Director of Merchant Shipping for the licensing of Freight Forwarders through the Gazette dated 2 August 2011.
The duration of the programme is 4 months and covers key areas to enhance knowledge in logistics by focusing on the theoretical aspects.
|Certificate Course Modules|
|Module 1||Introduction to Freight Forwarders and NVOCC Operators|
|Module 2||Carriage of Goods By Air|
|Module 3||Carriage of Goods by Sea|
|Module 4||Incoterms 2010|
|Module 5||Bills of Lading Documentation|
International Trade and Finance including Payment instruments
International Conventions on Bill of Lading’s terms and conditions
Quality Management- ISO & other Standards
Introduction to Dangerous Goods
Multi Modal Transport
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Packing, Quarantine and related regulatory requirements including International
and country specific standards
|Module 13||Marketing in Logistics|
|Module 14||Business Communication|
|Module 15||E-Commerce-Introduction to industry related E-Commerce|
FIATA International Diploma
The FIATA International Diploma is a globally recognized Diploma designed for professionals in a managerial level position within the freight forwarding and logistics industry. The duration of the programme is 2 years.
|Module 1||Introduction to Freight Forwarding|
|Module 2||Sea Transport (general)|
|Module 3||Maritime Containers|
|Module 4||Multimodal Transport|
|Module 5||Air Transport|
|Module 6||Road Transport|
|Module 7||Rail Transport|
|Module 8||National / International Carriage by Inland Waterway|
|Module 9||Customs Procedures|
|Module 12||Dangerous Goods|
|Module 13||Safety and Security|
|Module 14||Information & Communication Technologies in Forwarding|
The field of logistics and supply chain management is diverse. The future of the industry is bright in ever expanding globalization of manufacturing and sourcing of goods and technologies , that will be taking place due to ever demanding costs of products by the markets. Sri Lanka is well position to plug into the growth in global and regional trade for the Indian sub-continent region, being next door to India one of the largest manufacturing economies and consumer market. The multi-disciplinary nature of Logistics and Supply Chain Management programmes today offered by universities, institutes and academies provides management graduates with an edge to compete successfully in many industries.
Candidates can look forward to challenging career opportunities in industry-specific domains or those that cut across many industries. These can fit many job descriptions such as logistics/transport/shipping manager, inventory control and materialist specialist, supply chain manager, warehousing manager, port/airport manager, trade pricing specialist, import/export manager, procurement manager, channel sales manager and customer logistics analyst.
There are two paths-ways, one can get an entry to this industry, by following an academic path (Graduate programme in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, MBA in International Trade and Logistics) and join the industry and which still needs to undergo an apprentice period to learn the skills which is highly required to perform in real life situations to overcome the challenges and solutions that are demanded by the market.
The other is to join the industry and undergo an apprenticeship period of leaning the skills to perform services on an international environment and take-up professional courses as you start to gain practical exposure, like learning foundation aspects of the industry, followed by a certificate and diploma and higher diploma courses which will enhance your knowledge easily as you have already been exposed to the required level of skills on the practical side, the 2nd option one can say would in actual fact develop a much faster level of acquiring professional standards in one self with this combination of experience and skill to be further enhanced with an academic study path.
Both learning approaches can be considered fruitful and constructive pathways for new comers to this industry.
Today in the post war- era of Sri Lanka, with the building of several ports and airports infrastructure, the logistics industry will have several opportunities for employment of professionals which the country needs to have in-order to successfully managed these investments for the nation.
The Academic Programmes on Offer
"Global Knowledge...Local Needs"
Following Courses are currently on offer at our academy.
- Certificate course for beginners (School Leavers) in International Trade and Transport
- Certificate Course in International Trade & Transport
- Advanced Certificate Course in Port Management and port operations
- Advanced Certificate Course in Customs & Border Control (Exports/Imports Procedures)
- FIATA - Diploma in Freight Forwarding
- Supply Chain Management, SCM-Pro Certification programme conducted in collaboration with ' Supply-Chain-Asia-Academy, in Singapore.
- AITT regularly conducts seminars, workshops to the trade & industry on freight transportation & logistics related subjects.
AITT Contact Information:
Academy of International Trade & Transport - AITT - Colombo
Address : Achievers Campus, No. 39 Bullers Road ,Colombo 4
Telephone : 5288700
Contact person: Jasmine/Kanchana