Level 5

Study international logistics and freight forwarding

Get your career moving in the freight industry. This diploma will prepare you for a wide range of jobs coordinating or managing the trade and supply chain transport within a business.

Programme highlights

Get your career moving in the freight industry.

This diploma will prepare you for a wide range of jobs coordinating or managing the trade and supply chain transport within a business.

While studying this diploma you can also gain a qualification in International Air Transport.

MIT's industry partners are constantly seeking employees in this area and some offer trainee graduate intern roles.

Study 100% online, or study part-time with face-to-face evening classes held onsite at MIT Manukau.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • 60 NCEA credits at level 2 with a minimum of
    • 12 NCEA credits in English at level 2
    • 12 NCEA credits in mathematics at level 2
  • OR

  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate of Distribution (Level 4)
  • OR

  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate of International Freight Logistics (Level 4)
  • OR

  • Completed a New Zealand certificate in a business discipline (level 5)
Other requirements for distance online delivery mode students
  • Access to a computer (preferably a laptop) and reliable high-speed internet service
  • Internet Explorer or Firefox (latest) or Chrome
  • Headset with microphone and it is recommended access to webcam if no camera on the device.
English language requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

International students: for the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Special & discretionary admission

Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.


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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 14 courses (120 credits):

Level 4

183.418 Business writing (5 credits)

Select and use appropriate business language to communicate effectively.

571.414 Document production (5 credits)

Learn to produce business documents using word processing software.

573.404 Spreadsheets (5 credits)

Process data by utilising software applications to produce documentation for a business entity.

944.451 Dangerous goods land and sea (5 credits)

Gain the knowledge of the International requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods by sea and land within New Zealand including the practical application of hazardous documents and placards. This course covers:

  • Definition of dangerous goods and declaration/certificate
  • Carrier's, shipper's and forwarder's dangerous goods responsibility
  • Third-party liability (e.g. warehousing)
  • Risk management
  • IMDG code (sea)
  • National legislation
  • 9 main classes (1-9)
  • Identification, hazard labels, placarding vehicles, packing group and segregation of packaging.

945.420 Logistic systems (5 credits)

Utilise industry software to experience industry practices.

Level 5

189.501 Industry communications (5 credits)

Communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders within a freighting environment. Aspects include:

  • Relationship and customer service management
  • Prioritising customers
  • Negotiating services with relevant stakeholders
  • The identification of relevant stakeholders i.e. corps/clients/suppliers
  • Standard methods of customer service operation and negotiation techniques.

944.531 Import export (IMEX) (15 credits)

Apply advanced knowledge of requirements to manage import and export shipment processes and minimise international business risk.


  • INCO terms and their use
  • Methods of payments when buying and selling goods
  • The booking process
  • Commercial documents involved in international trade
  • Carriage documents involved in international trade
  • Customs documents involved in international trade
  • Customs entry and clearance procedures
  • Delivery of import cargo.

944.532 Transport law (15 credits)

Appropriately interpret transport law and apply it to industry cases. You will gain an overview of:

  • The law and types of liability
  • The strict liability rules in civil law and common law systems
  • Carrier liability in civil and common law systems (bailment, contract, statute and tort)
  • Specific rules relating to carrier and intermediaries liability in unimodal transport
  • Insurance of cargo
  • Carriers and intermediaries liabilities
  • Processes of claims handling.

944.533 Transport geography (5 credits)

Gain a thorough understanding of how transport affects global trade. Aspects include:

  • World trade constraints
  • Hub (shipping and air) ports
  • Networks and terminals and modal structures of markets
  • Trade routes
  • Major (air and sea) ports of the world
  • Countries of supply
  • Shipping/airlines serving NZ
  • Intermodal services
  • Topography, hydrography and climate restraints on transport.

944.534 Cargo management (10 credits)

Manage the storage and carriage of cargo for an international transit to ensure a successful outcome. Study the:

  • Classification and properties of products
  • Storage and carriage needs of products
  • Handling, storing and carrying products cost-effectively and safely.

Apply your knowledge to achieve a successful out turn.

944.535 IATA air cargo and dangerous goods by air (15 credits)

This course comprises the content of the 11 units of the IATA / FIATA Diploma Cargo Programme and the content of the IATA Air Dangerous Goods course. In particular:

  • Industry regulations
  • The air cargo agency
  • World geography
  • Aircraft
  • Handling facilities
  • Air cargo acceptance
  • Cargo booking procedures
  • Cargo automation
  • Air cargo rates and charges
  • Airway bills
  • The applicability, limitations, classification identification, packing, marking, labelling, documentation and handling of dangerous goods being carried by air.

944.536 Customs practice (10 credits)

  • Apply advanced knowledge of customs and border legislation to manage border clearance requirements
  • Act in the role and functions of customs brokers
  • Apply the customs tariff
  • Perform the identification and classification of items
  • Valuation of goods and application of duty rates, concessions, assessment and collection of GST
  • Learn border protection responsibilities
  • Interpretation and application of relevant acts
  • Perform preparation of import/export excise entries
  • Learn value for duty, tariff opinions and appeals, preferential rates, refunds, remissions and drawbacks, dumping, carnets and ancillary certificates.

944.537 Logistics health and safety (10 credits)

Gain the ability to monitor and maintain legislative and company requirements to contribute to a safe and effective workplace. Aspects include:

  • Specific industry terminology
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Workplace safety such as hazard identification and accident registers
  • Responsibilities under health and safety legislation
  • Safe work practices.

944.538 Forwarding practice (10 credits)

Apply advanced knowledge of freight forwarding to manage consignments, including:

  • Freight forwarding systems and processes
  • Selection of correct modes of transport
  • Types of services
  • Incoterms and methods of payment
  • Freight costings and quotations for all types of cargo.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Career opportunities

  • IATA Air Transport coordinator
  • Sea-Freight coordinator
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Customs Broker
  • Customs Officer
  • Port or Transport operator
  • Import/Export Trade supervisor
  • Logistics specialist

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 29 November 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.