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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Outline the structure of the airfreight forwarding environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252427  Outline the structure of the airfreight 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
11233  Apply Airfreight procedures to imports and exports  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to explain how the freight forwarder interacts with the parties involved in providing airfreight services to satisfy the needs of importers and exporters.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the role of the freight forwarder in the airfreight environment.
  • Identifying the reasons for using different airfreight services.
  • Explaining how different equipment is used for the handling and transportation of air freighted cargo. 

  • 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 
    Explain the role of the freight forwarder in the airfreight environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The respective roles of the international regulatory and industry representative bodies are described in terms of their impact on airfreight forwarding. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The international regulatory and industry representative bodies are the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), The International Air Cargo Association and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The parties involved in airfreight are identified in terms of moving air freighted cargo door to door. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles of the parties involved in airfreight are described in order to identify areas of responsibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The forwarder's responsibilities are described from the perspective of planning, organising and controlling the movement of internationally traded cargo. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The purposes of different airwaybills are described in terms of their being the prime airfreight documents. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Airwaybills includes master and house airwaybills.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the reasons for using different airfreight services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for choosing airfreight are explained in terms of satisfying importers' and exporters' requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Buyers' and sellers' respective roles in selecting required airfreight services are identified with reference to the Incoterms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The advantages and disadvantages of the different airfreight services are discussed in relation to importers' and exporters' needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Airfreight services includes straight, consolidated and charter.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of using an inappropriate airfreight service are described in terms of the relationship of the importer and/or exporter with the forwarder. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain how different equipment is used for the handling and transportation of air freighted cargo. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cargo handling and securing equipment is identified for airfreight cargo. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cargo handling equipment includes but is not limited to:
  • Forklifts, gantry cranes, roller beds, slip sheets rope, slings nets, tie downs.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equipment used in flight operations is identified for the unitisation and securing of airfreighted cargo. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment used in flight operations includes, but is not limited to platforms, unit load devices (ULDs), slings, crates, nets, tie downs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements of different cargo types are differentiated in terms of cargo handling and flight operations equipment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cargo types may include but is not limited to general cargo, abnormal cargo, perishable cargo, refrigerated cargo, live animals, human remains and other goods listed by IATA under Class Rates.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the operation of airports in the airfreight environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The facilities used at airports are identified for airfreighted cargo. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Facilities may include but is not limited to airline and forwarder bond stores, customs facilities, plant and other inspection facilities, cargo collection and handover facilities.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The conventions used to identify international airports are explained in terms of the ISO codes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The method used to route cargo internationally is explained in terms of forwarding procedures. 


    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 
  • The role played by freight forwarder in the airfreight environment.
  • Types of airfreight services available to freight forwarders.
  • Types of materials handling equipment used in the airfreight industry.
  • Operational procedures of airports. 

  • 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 transportation used for airfreight cargo and operational issues in the airfreight 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 airfreight cargo. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where full understanding of the airfreight environment leads to improved quality of airfreight 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 11233, " Apply Airfreight procedures to imports and exports", Level 5, 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 
    Elective  65010   National Certificate: Aviation Support Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  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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