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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and identify sea freight carriers and agents 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252430  Explain and identify sea freight carriers and agents 
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  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
11395  Evaluate and select Seafreight Carriers and Agents  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this Unit Standard will be able to engage in routine surface forwarding functions. They will be able to distinguish between the roles of the respective parties involved in the carriage of goods by sea and identify South Africa's major trade routes and evaluate and select sea freight carriers and their agents servicing South Africa's trading partners.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the criteria used to select a shipping service.
  • Interpreting liner sailing schedules.
  • Identifying the roles of the parties involved in the carriage of goods by sea. 

  • 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 
    Identify the criteria used to select a shipping service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of shipping service are described in relation to cargo and shipper requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Shipping service may include but is not limited to tramp (wet and dry) and liner (general and containerised, conference and non-conference).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contractual options available to ship cargo are described in terms of shipper and cargo requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contractual options may include but are not limited to charter parties and liner service loyalty agreements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The criteria used to select a shipping service provider are described in terms of shipper and cargo requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Criteria may include but are not limited to equipment capabilities, frequency, port rotation and pricing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process used to appoint a shipping service provider is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret liner sailing schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The shipping lines and their respective local agents serving South Africa's major trade routes are identified from the abbreviations used on sailing schedules. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Major trade routes may include but are not limited to United Kingdom, North West Continent, Mediterranean, Middle East, Far East, Australasia and United States of America.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The abbreviations of the ports of call served by liner services on South Africa's major trade routes are identified from the abbreviations used on sailing schedules. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Major trade routes may include but are not limited to United Kingdom, North West Continent, Mediterranean, Middle East, Far East, Australasia and United States of America.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sailing frequency, port rotation and transit times of a shipping service are interpreted from information contained in sailing schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of misinterpreting information contained in shipping schedules are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify the roles of the parties involved in the carriage of goods by sea. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Parties includes but is not limited to shipowners, shipbrokers, forwarders, clearing agents, ships agents, marketing agents, owners' representatives, stevedores, longshoremen, terminal operators, and depot operators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requests from importers and exporters are analysed to identify the roleplayers involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Duties and responsibilities are described for identified roleplayers in specific transactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of incorrectly identifying roleplayers and/or specifying their roles in specific transactions are described with examples. 


    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 
  • Shipping lines:
    > Names and abbreviations.
    > Offices.
    > Services - routes, ports, frequencies.
    > Service types.
    > Vessel types.
  • Shipping Agents: (port/liner):
    > Names and abbreviations.
    > Offices.
    > Duties.
    > Services - rates, documentation, payment terms.
    > Legal responsibilities.
  • Charters and charter parties.
  • Commercial geography:
    > Identification of the main commodities exported to and imported from South Africa, their routings and popular methods of shipment.
  • Ship owners, shipbrokers, forwarders, clearing agents, ship's agents, marketing agent's owner's representatives, stevedores, longshoremen, depot operators.
  • Bill of lading. 

  • 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 sea freight carriers and agents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others especially importers and exporters to expedite all transactions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which will assist in the identification of sea freight carriers and agents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to obtain all the necessary information on sea freight carriers and agents. 

    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 11395, "Evaluate and select Seafreight Carriers and Agents", Level 3, 7 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59365   National Certificate: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    4. College for Business and Maritime Studies 
    5. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    6. Indub Trading c.c. 
    7. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    8. Metro Minds 
    9. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    10. P and R Development and Training (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    12. Robertsons Cargo Consultancy (Pty) Ltd 
    13. School of Shipping 
    14. Skills Development Specialists 
    15. Y2K 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.