International Supply Chain Management
This course provides an overview of essential skills for managing supply chain logistics in an international business context. It covers practical applications of supply chain management including: transportation modes; taxes, duties and quotas; trade agreements; packaging requirements; use of intermediaries; documentation requirements; legal and regulatory requirements; insurance; trade conventions; and the offshore procurement process. Material is presented in the form of readings, e-lectures, practical applications, and self assessments.
After completing this course, students will have covered material included in the supply chain management section of the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) examination, including:
- Optimizing supply chain solutions to meet the requirements of the international business plan including evaluation of all modes of transportation, inventory, time to market, landed costs, and customer requirements.
- Evaluating and selecting potential intermediaries necessary to support the international business plan.
- Completing documents required for international movement of product and services.
- Coordinating with other departments to calculate the true cost, benefits, and risks of proposed transactions in order to implement risk management policies.
- Facilitating the offshore procurement process.
Breadth of Assignments
This course uses a variety of methods to explore Global Supply Chain Management including: online reading assignments, online e-lectures, web resources provided to support particularly challenging subject matter, self-assessment quizzes, individual activities ranging from Java and Flash-based interactive exercises to writing assignments and real world examples. The course concludes with a comprehensive multiple choice examination modeled after the NASBITE CGBP examination.
No textbook is required for this course; all required reading material is contained within the course or from external websites. A high-speed internet connection is not required but is recommended.
Topic 1: Optimizing Supply Chain Solutions
- Transportation modes and costs
- Trade agreements and free trade zones
- Duties, taxes, and quotas
- Product classification regimes
- Security issues
- Legal/regulatory packing requirements
- Non-regulatory packing requirements
- Insurance and transportation liability regimes
Topic 2: Evaluating and Selecting Potential Intermediaries
- Major transportation modes and methods
- Third party logistics providers (3 PL’s)
- Forwarder’s role in the transaction
- Customs broker and other service providers
- Usage of power of attorney
- Databases available to search for intermediaries
- Resources available in support of intermediary selection
Topic 3: Completing Documents for International Movement of Products and Services
- Standard export and import documents for goods and services
- U.S. export regulations for involved countries
- U.S. import regulations for involved countries
- U.S. legal and regulatory requirements regarding documentation for goods and services
- Foreign language documentation requirements when applicable
- Technology available for document completion (e.g., AES, SNAP, private sources)
- Offshore legal and regulatory requirements regarding documentation for goods and services
- Country of origin determination
Topic 4: Calculating Costs, Benefits and Risks of International Transactions
- Marine insurance: delays, losses, claims and other insurances
- Transportation options and documents
- International conventions and international conditions of contract
- Packaging for cargo protection and loss prevention
- Insurance companies and brokers, consultants, freight forwarders
Topic 5: Facilitating Offshore Procurement Processes
- Advantages of global sourcing
- Cultural considerations affecting supplier/buyer relationships
- Impact of trade agreements
- Terms and conditions of purchase or sale
- Quality considerations
- Calculation of landed costs
- U.S. Customs regulatory compliance
- Import documents
- Customs brokers and customs management tools