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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal framework of freight forwarding 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252291  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal framework of freight forwarding 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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
11269  Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the legal Framework of Freight Forwarding  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this Unit Standard will be able to apply a knowledge and understanding of the legal principles of international trade and transportation to forwarding operations.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining areas of legal exposure in a freight forwarding environment.
  • Managing legal exposure of freight forwarding organisation.
  • Advising importers and exporters of the legal implications of international trade. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent in Second Language. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain areas of legal exposure in a freight forwarding environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The law which governs the relationship between the agent and his principal is explained in the context of freight forwarding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of the conditions of carriage of airlines, shipping lines, surface carrier companies are explained for freight forwarding, importing and exporting operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal responsibilities of the freight forwarder are explained in terms of the international commercial terms (Incoterms). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The legal implications of South African legislation are described in terms of freight forwarding operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    South African legislation may include but is not limited to Customs and Excise Act, VAT Act, National Road Traffic Act, Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, Carriage of Goods by Air Act, Transnet Act, Financial and Intermediary Services Act and South African Bureau of Standards Act.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Implications of international regulations and bodies are described in terms of freight forwarding organisations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    International legislation may include but is not limited to Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES), International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG), International Regulations for Fumigation and Disposal of Packaging Material, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Dangerous Goods Regulations, Warsaw Convention, Hague Rules, Hague Visby Rules, Hamburg Rules, International Standards Organisation (ISO), International Maritime Organisation (IMO), World Trade Organisation (WTO).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The local freight forwarders standard trading conditions are compared with those recommended by an international association of freight forwarders. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manage legal exposure of freight forwarding organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal exposure of the freight forwarding organisation is analysed on terms of its operational functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recommendations are made for standard trading conditions which are aligned to liabilities inherent the organisation's operational functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Policies and procedures are implemented in order to minimise the organisation's exposure to legal action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of failing to manage exposure to legal action are explained with practical examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Advise importers and exporters of the legal implications of international trade. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Importing/exporting activities of the client are analysed in order to assess legal exposure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recommendations are made to importers and exporters regarding minimisation of legal exposure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legal advice is given to importers and exporters regarding action to be taken under specific circumstances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specific circumstances may include but is not limited to third party claims, claims against third parties, customs rulings and penalties and contracts of purchase and sale.
     


    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 
    International law of Contract and Sale, The concepts of Common and Statutory law: Criminal and Commercial law, The structure and content of international contracts of purchase and sale (including indents), The concept and scope of the Customs Act, The concept and scope of Forwarders, carriers, harbours, terminals and depots standard trading conditions, The concept and scope of Transit insurance law, Agency and the forwarder, Responsibilities under International commercial terms. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the legal framework of freight forwarding. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the provision of advice and making of recommendations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities to ensure recommendations are given timeously and accurately and when providing advice to importers and exporters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which will assist in the identification of areas of legal exposure and for providing advice for importers and exporters of legal implications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in the process of providing advice for importers and exporters of the legal implications of international trade and when making recommendations for standard trading conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to make recommendations and provide advice on legal requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where poor legal understanding of the framework of freight forwarding 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:
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities in the freight forwarding industry. 

  • 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 11269, "Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the legal Framework of Freight Forwarding", Level 5, 11 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59304   National Diploma: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  74149   National Certificate: Supply Chain Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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. Academics Dynamics (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    3. BPL Academy 
    4. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    5. College for Business and Maritime Studies 
    6. College of Production Technology 
    7. COMMERCE EDGE SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    8. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    9. Metro Minds 
    10. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    11. School of Shipping 
    12. Y2K College 



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