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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform international trade calculations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252274  Perform international trade calculations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
11240  Perform International Trade Calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to understand the concepts, principles and rules governing total values, masses, volumes, percentages, percentage calculations, Value Added Tax, foreign exchange, landed and export costs and break even analysis. The learner will also be able to calculate total values, masses, volumes, percentages, percentage calculations, Value Added Tax, foreign exchange, landed and export costs and break even analysis.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Using factorisation techniques for the purpose of allocating costs in international trade transactions involving a number of commodities.
  • Applying percentage calculations in pricing negotiations, in order to determine their viability.
  • Explaining and converting foreign currencies as part of landed and export costing calculations.
  • Calculating interest on amounts owing and owed to the business for the purposes of cash flow management.
  • Explaining and calculating landed and export costing using given variables.
  • Performing break-even analysis.
  • Performing cash flow analysis as part of international project management. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Use factorisation techniques for the purpose of allocating costs in international trade transactions involving a number of commodities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts and principles relating to the allocation of total values, masses and volumes are explained in terms of the consignment of different commodities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The application of different factors is explained in terms of appropriating cost in international trade calculations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors are calculated in allocating cost in terms of values, mass and volume characteristics of different consignments. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply percentage calculations in pricing negotiations, in order to determine their viability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts, principles and rules relating to percentages are explained with examples from the international trade environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Concepts, principles and rules relating to Value Added Tax (VAT) are explained with examples from the international trade environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The techniques for the application of financial ratios are explained with examples in terms of the purchasing function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Techniques for the application for applying percentage and interest calculations are explained in terms of determining the price of products or services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Interest calculations are executed according to accounting practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Interest calculations includes both simple and compound interest.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The discount of prices are evaluated against profit/revenue criteria in order to determine viability. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain and convert foreign currencies as part of landed and export costing calculations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts, principles and rules relating to foreign exchange and exchange rates are explained with examples from the international trade environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of different currencies in different countries is explained in terms of their movement against each other. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of currency fluctuations are explained on the pricing of internationally traded goods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The purpose of buying and selling foreign exchange is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Aspects of international trade are explained that are dominated by particular currencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Foreign currencies are adapted using exchange rates. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least four different currencies must be converted.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Calculate interest on amounts owing and owed to the business for the purposes of cash flow management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts, principles and rules relating to interest percentage calculations are explained with examples of simple and compound interest. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of how cash flow can be managed are explained with examples of the impact of interest on cash flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interest is worked out for both simple and compound interest. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain and calculate landed and export costing using given variables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts, principles and rules relating to calculating the landed and export cost are explained with examples from the international trade environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects that statutory charges may have on calculating landed and export cost are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Requirements for applying industry tariffs are explained in terms of calculating revenue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods of calculating various landed and export cost items are explained with an example of each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Various landed and export cost items may include but are not limited to cargo duties, surcharges, VAT, Insured value, insurance premiums and forwarding and clearing agent's revenue.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Various landed and export cost items are worked out using the correct tariffs and calculations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Perform break-even analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts, principles and rules relating to break even analysis are explained with examples from the international trade environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The difference between cost and revenue are explained in accordance with accounting definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Break even analysis is carried out according to the break even criteria of the organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Perform cash flow analysis as part of international project management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts, principles and rules relating to cash flow analysis are explained with examples from the international trade environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods for drawing up a cash flow analysis are explained in terms spreadsheets for international projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cash flow analysis is carried out for a variety of import and export projects. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems during the analysis of figures required for international trade calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in order to be in a position to perform the necessary international trade calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which may have an impact on the performing of international trade calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in the process of gathering the required information for calculating international trade figures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to conduct the international trade calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the inaccurate calculations can have a negative impact on the organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of developing entrepreneurial opportunities in the process of performing international trade calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11240, "Perform International Trade Calculations", Level 3, 6 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59298   Further Education and Training Certificate: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. BPL Academy 
    3. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    4. Learning Exchange Pty Ltd 
    5. Metro Minds 
    6. Robertsons Cargo Consultancy (Pty) Ltd 
    7. School of Shipping 



    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.