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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the international trade environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
118023  Demonstrate an understanding of the international trade environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Diplomacy, Protocol and Foreign Affairs Assist 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2005-04-13  2008-04-13  SAQA 1059/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-04-13   2012-04-13  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard has as its core purpose qualifying learners who will represent South Africa abroad as Foreign Economic Representatives with in depth knowledge of the international trade environment in which international trade takes place. Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Analyse how international trade contributes to the creation of wealth in countries and enterprises
  • Differentiate between local and international trade, and between trade in different product groups
  • Differentiate between risk areas applicable to international trade as a whole and to trade with particular regions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of tariffs and non tariff barriers that are used to inhibit trade
  • Analyse how international trade organisations facilitate trade
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the steps taken by the South African government and private sector to improve the country's international trade performance 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard are assumed to have completed a Level 5 qualification in the field of Business, Commerce and Management or its RPL equivalent 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Differentiate between local and international trade, and between trade in different product groups and services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept 'international trade' is measured with reference to absolute and comparative advantage 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Distinction between local and international trade is made 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Distance, Climate, Culture and language, Legal systems and regulations, Political systems, Currencies and infrastructure, Trade and investment climate are used to make the differentiation
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different kinds of products and services traded in the international market are determined according to current relevant information 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse how international trade contributes to the creation of wealth in countries and enterprises. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview of the trade flows and trade policies of different economic and geographical groupings is presented graphically according to relevant data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits of international trade to countries and companies are justified according to relevant data. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Differentiate between risk areas applicable to international trade as a whole and to trade with particular regions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Risks associated with international trade are assessed according to relevant information. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Distance, Climate, Culture and language, Legal systems and regulations, Political systems, Trade and investment climate, Currencies and infrastructure
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Major trading blocks and trading agreements are outlined according to relevant international trends. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of tariffs and non tariff barriers that are used to inhibit trade. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tariffs that are universally used by countries to inhibit trade are derived from relevant information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non tariff barriers that inhibit trade are derived from relevant information. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Analyse how international trade organizations facilitate trade. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept 'trade facilitation/simplification' is analysed according to relevant current trends. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The key international trade organizations are determined and their functions are analysed according to relevant data. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    WTO, WCO, ICC, UNCTAD, IATA, FIATA, IMO, UNCITRAL and ISO
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Evaluate steps taken by the South African government and private sector to improve the country's international trade performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The trade flows of South Africa are evaluated and presented graphically according to relevant data obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main trading partners of South Africa are determined according to current information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The major trading agreements and protocols that South Africa has signed are appraised and critiqued according to international trends. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    GATT and other WTO commitments, EU/SA Trade Agreement, SADC Trade Protocol etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Government and private sector efforts to promote trade are analysed according to relevant data. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. The moderation requirements of the ETQA must be met in order to award credits to learners for this unit standard 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • An overview of the South African economy
  • Knowledge of the major players in the world economy 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information: Explaining the international trade environment entails collecting information about the international trade, organizing that information and critically evaluating the information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively: To explain the international trade environment entails a high level ability to communicate 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Anyone assessing learners against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA and must have a level 6 qualification in the field of Business, Commerce and Management and least have served a term as a Foreign Economic Representative. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58759   National Certificate: Ports and Harbours  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Core  58473   National Diploma: Freight Handling Logistics  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Fundamental  49055   National Certificate: Foreign Economic Representation  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  80686   National Diploma: Supply Chain Management: Sensitive Consumer Products  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FOODBEV 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    2. Makwedeng Training 
    3. SA Maritime School and Transport College 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.