BMI603 - International Transportation

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Subject Title
International Transportation

Subject Description
International Transportation (a key element of Global logistics) is the process of physical movement of raw materials and finished goods from origin to destination across country borders in the most cost effective manner, while recognizing the zero inventory/just-in-time principles.  Firms view the logistics function as a vital element of corporate strategy in seeking a competitive advantage over their competitors.  This course will highlight the importance of cost effective strategies in logistics management in an effort to achieve corporate and economic objectives.  Students learn the detailed procedural and documentation process required by Transportation Canada, Canada Customs (CBSA) and Excise Laws and Regulations.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Bachelor of Commerce - International Business Management Degree program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between logistics and supply chain management. 
  2. Assess the role of logistics in achieving business strategy.
  3. Select the most appropriate mode of transportation for imports/exports with zero inventory and just in time principles in mind, in the most economical way.
  4. Source and select the required third party partner in transportation decisions.
  5. Determine the right type and size of transport equipment for the product in hand.
  6. Determine the most suitable packaging method for international transportation.
  7. Understand how to manage carriers and third party service providers.
  8. Prepare Canada Customs documentation required for import/export.
  9. Apply INCO terms to the business transaction.
  10. Develop knowledge of transportation software currently used in the industry.
  11. Develop and present an integrated international logistics strategy and plan.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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