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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Outline the structure of the surface freight forwarding environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252424  Outline the structure of the surface freight forwarding environment 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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
11230  Apply Surface Carrier Procedures to imports and exports  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this Unit Standard will be able to describe the role of the freight forwarder in the context of surface freighting of internationally traded goods.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing the roles played by those involved in international multimodal logistics operations.
  • Describing the infrastructure for the transport of internationally traded goods by surface.
  • Identifying equipment used to pack and transport goods by surface. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the roles played by those involved in international multimodal logistics operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact of international regulatory and industry representative bodies is described in terms of surface freight forwarding industry. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    International regulatory and industry representative bodies includes United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNTAG), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Customs Organisation (WCO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Bank, Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The seafreight industry is described in terms of the services provided for importers and exporters. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Services provided may include but is not limited to tramp operations, liner operations, break bulk and containerised.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The respective roles of the different role players in executing international surface logistics operations is explained in terms of the value they add to importers and exporters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of the freight forwarder is described in terms of designing and executing international logistics systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The prime documents requirements for the different modes and nodes of transport are identified for the execution of international surface transport operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Prime document requirements may include but is not limited to documents that are an absolute requirement for the execution of a surface operation: Bill of lading, Rail/Road Consignment note, Commercial invoice and Port Trading Documents.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the infrastructure for the transport of internationally traded goods by surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    South Africa's road and rail infrastructure is described in the context of movement of imports and exports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The facilities provided by cargo handling installations are described in relation to surface freight operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cargo handling installations may include but is not limited to ports and harbours, terminals, depots, sidings and warehouses.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identifying equipment used to pack and transport goods by surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Road vehicles are described in terms of their capabilities and limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rail trucks used to transport goods over-border and for export are described in terms of their capabilities and limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of vessel are identified for the transport of different cargoes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of vessel may include but is not limited to bulk, tanker, cellular, multi-purpose, Roll On-Roll Off (RORO), reefer, gas and livestock.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the operation of ports and harbours in the surface freight environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The facilities used at ports and harbours are identified for vessels and cargo. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Facilities may include but is not limited to Quays, berths, shoreside gantries and cranes, floating cranes, bulk storage facilities, warehouses, liquid storage and pumping facilities, dry and graving docks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The services provided in ports and harbours are identified for vessels and cargo. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Services may include but is not limited to customs, port health, plant inspectorate, port captain, chandlers, stevedores, bunker services, tallying and, ships agencies.
     


    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 
  • Roles played by international multimodal logistics operators.
  • The infrastructure of surface freight transport providers of internationally traded goods.
  • Types of materials handling equipment used in the movement of goods by surface.
  • The operational procedures of ports and harbours. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to equipment and transport used for surface freight and any operational issues in the surface freight environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the type of equipment used for the handling and transportation of surface freight cargo. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where a full understanding of the surface freight environment leads to improved quality of surface freight service. 

    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 11230, "Apply Surface Carrier Procedures to imports and exports", Level 3, 15 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59365   National Certificate: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Global Maritime Legal Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Indub Trading c.c. 
    4. Innovative Shared Services 
    5. Institute for Quality cc 
    6. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    7. METRO MINDS 
    8. NOSA LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 
    9. P and R Development and Training (Pty) Ltd 
    10. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    11. School of Shipping 
    12. Skills Development Specialists 
    13. Y-2-K Customs Consultants 



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