Programme Goals

MIND’s Professional Certificate in Customs Regulations, Processes and Brokerage, aims to develop a cadre of professional and licensed customs broker.  The programme enables participants to be familiar with laws and regulations governing customs brokerage, international trade agreements, processes and procedures related to the importation of goods, industry standards and best practices relevant to the customs brokerage profession.

Programme Objectives

On successful completion of this programme participant should be able to:

 

Knowledge

·         Explain of the roles and responsibilities as a customs broker

·         Explain the national and international context of customs brokerage

·         Outline the legal framework within which customs brokers operate

·         Explain the structure of the Harmonized System of Classification

·         Outline the features and functions of the ASYCUDA Application

 

Performance

·         Interpret customs law, related trade agreements and regulations

·         Apply relevant customs procedures for the import and export of goods

·         Accurately classify good using the Harmonised System of Classification and apply the associated tariffs

·         Accurately complete appropriate customs forms and online declarations using the ASYCUDA Application

 

Attitude

·         Commit to comply to the legal and regulatory requirements of custom brokerage

·         Commit to executing their functions based on the stipulated procedures and policies of the Jamaica Customs Agency and international best practices.

Programme Structure

The Professional Certificate in Customs Regulations, Processes and Brokerage is comprised of 363 hours.  Participants are required to complete a total of thirteen courses and a Professional Development Workshop.

 


Course: Ocean and Air Cargo Reporting and Handling

Duration: 24 Hours

 

Course Description

This course will outline role and functions of the Logistics Service Provider/Freight Forwarders and Consolidators. It will also expose participants to the procedures and documentation relating to the carriage of goods by air and sea.

 Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

 Knowledge

  • Define the term “Freight Forwarding”
  • Identify the scope of Freight Forwarding
  • Identify the role, functions and responsibility of Logistics Service Provider/Freight Forwarders and Consolidators
  • Explain steps to follow in treating dangerous/hazardous goods.
  • Explain terms such as CIF, C&F, FOB Ex Works, C&I
  • Explain the concept of cargo insurance
  • Explain the Bills of Lading
  • Outline the role and responsibilities of the Shipping Agent
  • Outline the required information for a Cargo Manifest

 Performance

·         Distinguish between the procedures and documentation relating to carriage of goods by sea and air

·         Analyze a case study involving documentary letter of credit

·         Analyze a case study involving the movement of dangerous/hazardous goods

·         Analyze a case study involving cargo insurance

·         Analyze a case study involving intermodal transportation

·         Apply the governing rules in treating with Bills of Lading

 Attitude

  • Appreciate the role of logistics services providers/freight forwarders, consolidators in the ASYCUDA
  • Appreciate the use of documentary letter of credit in facilitating the movement of  cargo
  • Appreciate the need for cargo insurance
  • Appreciate the importance of intermodal transportation

Course: Invoicing and Import/Export Financing

Duration: 45 Hours       

 Course Description

The objective of this course is to understand the significance of a Customs invoice in the Customs environment and the necessary information to be contained therein. The course will outline the clearance document used in the process and the various duties and taxes to be calculated, in addition to the relevant exemption Additional National Codes utilized. Additionally, participants will also learn methods of payment for import/export and to understand the most common trade financing methods used in import and export

 Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

 Knowledge

·         State the relevance of invoicing in the customs environment

·         Outline the elements to be considered for review and acceptance

·         Differentiate between Duty, Additional Stamp Duty, Special Consumption Tax and General Consumption Tax

·         Explain the purpose of the ESAD import entry document and its characteristics

·         Specify the various CAF calculations

·         Explain terms of delivery and terms of payments

·         Describe the role of the International Chamber of Commerce

·         Specify the application of duties, taxes and exemptions

·         Outline methods of payment in international trade

·         Differentiate between letters of credit and documentary collections

·         Distinguish cash-in-advance, prepayment and open account methods of payment

·         Define Bills of Exchange and Drafts

 Performance

·         Prepare an invoice

·         Calculate Import Duty, Additional Stamp Duty, Special Consumption Tax, General Consumption Tax and CAF 

          payments

·         Accurately utilise the ESAD import entry document

·         Accurately apply ANC  codes

·         Appropriately apply special declarations

·         Utilise the different methods of payment in international trade

 Attitude

·         Appreciate the importance of accurately preparing invoices

·         Have an appreciation for the various factors relating to imports and exports


Course: Customs Law and Related Acts

Duration: 30 Hours

 

Course Description

The course introduces participants to some elements of substantive criminal law, civil law, constitutional law and the hierarchy of the Courts. The primary focus of the course is the Customs Laws and related Acts. The Customs Laws part of the course will focus on the powers and responsibilities of the Customs Agency. The related Acts part of the course will focus on the fiduciary obligations of specific Governmental Agencies.

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

 

Knowledge

·         Outline customs laws and the schema of the Customs Act & Regulations

·         Distinguish between criminal and civil law

·         Distinguish between strict liability offences and other offences in relation to the JCA

·         Explain the duties, functions and powers of  Customs and Customs Officer

·         Specify the application of duties, taxes and exemptions

·         Explain customs offences and the administration of penalties

·         Outline the rule and regulations for anti-money laundering

 

Performance

·         Observe customs laws and the schema of the Customs Act & Regulations

·         Effectively apply duties, taxes and exemptions

·         Develop strategies to avoid committing customs offences

·         Observe the rules and regulations for anti-money laundering in Jamaica

 

Attitude

·         Demonstrate commitment to observe the Customs Act and the Regulation Act.


Course Description

This course was designed to ensure that participants understand the principles of the WTO Valuation Agreement on Customs Valuation. In particular, participants will be able to apply the methods of valuation consistent with the rules governing each method.