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International Logistics and Transportation

Course Code: BUSN 4401
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course presents an overview of logistics, as applied to international trade. Topics include: purchasing, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, distribution and integrated planning. The emphasis will be on small- to medium-sized businesses involved in finished-goods shipping.

Course Content

  1. Introduction
    • description of all aspects of logistics
    • operational issues and problems in International Logistics
  2. Purchasing
    • buying
    • electronic data processing (EDP)
    • electronic order quantities (EOQ)
    • order forecasting
    • customer service
  3. Inventory Management and Production
    • <costs
    • maintenance
    • just in time (JIT)
    • materials requirement processing (MRP)
    • production demand linkages
  4. Warehousing
    • materials handling
    • storage systems
    • facilities location planning
    • warehouse layout and design
  5. Transportation
    • materials handling
    • modes of transport
    • intermodal shipping
    • packaging
    • distribution
  6. Customs
    • movement of goods across national boundaries
  7. Integrated Planning
  8. Delivery Procedures
    • packaging and labelling for the foreign market
    • transportation issues
    • receiving the shipment
  9. Customs Valuation Procedures
    • import legislation and rules
    • the D-memoranda
    • the harmonized system
    • tariff codes
    • calculating value and duty
    • tariff treatment
    • general interpretive rules (GIR)
    • the importance of classification
  10. Canada Customs Clearance Procedures
    • release on minimum documentation (RMD)
    • pre-arrival release system (PARS)
    • frequent importer release system (FIRST)
    • future trends

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, seminars and case studies, with focus on small to medium sized business operations.  Visits will be made to local businesses and guest speakers will address the class.

Means of Assessment

Cases (3-5)  30%
Project  20%
Midterm Examination  20%
Final Examination  30%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. describe the functions and activities involved in logistics;
  2. analyze logistics problems and suggest optimal solutions;
  3. develop logistics plans for shipping of goods to international destinations;
  4. develop a "paper trail" involving legal, statutory, insurance, customs clearance and shipping/distribution documentation.

course prerequisites

BUSN 2403 and BUSN 3400 and BUSN 3404 and BUSN 4305 and FINC 2340 and

FINC 4405 and MARK 3300 and MARK 3315

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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