International Trade and Border Management Program

International Trade and Border Management Program

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This online offering builds knowledge about how trade and borders work at a detailed level, exposing learners to nuances of the cross-border movement of goods, services, people and funds necessary to operate a successful, globally-oriented business or to execute the functions of government agencies with trade responsibilities. 
Each module, taken in succession, link together to provide a comprehensive framework for managing export, import and border processes from the perspectives of both trading firms and government agencies. Learners with a fundamental knowledge of trade rules, logistics, border operations and cross-border finance may benefit from taking individual modules to strengthen specific knowledge in each area. 

Learners can enrol in an individual module, a single certificate comprised of two modules, or complete both certificates to attain a Certificate in Advanced International Trade and Border Management.

Why you should take this program:

  • Outstanding instructors - each instructor is a renown expert in the field with first-hand experience and real-time knowledge to share.
  • Timing is everything - never before has the focus on cross border management and trade been at the forefront than it is right now. 
  • Career change and advancement - adding this credential and the acquired skill set it brings will open doors and opportunities in a variety of fields. 
  • Flexible, online learning - this is a predominantly self-paced series that allows you to work and learn on your own terms. 

Who should take this program:

  • Anyone dealing with the cross border movement of goods, services, people or funds.
  • Organizations big or small dealing with logistics, legal, immigration, government or financial operations across borders.

How does this program work:

  • Completely asynchronous - so you can learn on your own terms to meet your schedule.
  • Take what interests you - learners can chose from a selection of modules, or take them in sequence to obtain a certificate.

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This certificate requires the successful completion of both modules outlined below. 
Participants may also take either module as a stand-alone course without the certificate option. 

Module 3: Trade Logistics

The cross-border movement of goods is a complex maze of transportation modes, infrastructure, legal documents, financial tools and tracking of shipments.  This online module will include the following topics: 

  • Global logistics including end-to-end supply chain, major players, intelligent transportation systems 
  • International infrastructure including crossings, ports, airports, procurement and finance, belt and road 

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  • identify major modes of global freight movement and advantages and disadvantages 

  • show how all discreet links in the physical supply chain are not only interconnected but also interdependent 

  • understand how to conduct a review of global supply chain partners including freight forwarders, brokers, carriers, couriers and internal staff on import and export requirements 

  • assess and prepare the correct government license applications when required for select export and import transactions 

  • maintain Customs records in accordance with relevant Customs legislation throughout an international supply chain 

  • assess how the quality, capacity and maintenance of transport infrastructure affects the disadvantages and advantages of using different modes of transportation throughout a supply chain 

  • understand the decision-making process that leads to government and private sector investment in major international infrastructure projects, including policy imperatives and economic impacts. 

Dates: March 21 to May 13, 2022
Duration: 48 hours
Delivery: online
Fees: $300+HST

Module 4: Border Management

Take this offering to understand how businesses manage the process of clearing borders and how border agencies enforce customs and immigration laws and protect public safety at ports of entry.  This online module will include the following topics on Border Management: 

  • Agencies, policies and functions, operational security, immigration, duty collection and emerging technologies. 
  • Traders, compliance management, foreign trade zones, intermediaries (customs brokers, trade law).

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  • explain the roles, responsibilities and day to day operations of border agencies at ports of entry, how they have been successful in executing on their mandates and where global pressures (financial, movement of people) have constrained their ability to carry out their work 

  • understand the role of a liaison among internal businesses groups such as IT, legal, sales, logistics, asset management, operations and others to ensure proper adherence to laws and regulations that impact cross-border business 

  • know and understand methods for managing and mitigating risk related to cross-border transactions involving movement of people, services, goods and funds 

  • know keys to liaising with Customs and Immigration Agencies and other applicable government agencies relative to conducting cross-border business 

  • develop and implement policy statements  to ensure compliance in the movement of people into Canada and the U.S. 

  • evaluate and compare current National and International global mobility programs, practices and policies 

  • identify the most appropriate, compliant immigration options to meet the needs of international company in transferring and assigning employees across borders 

  • monitor legislative and policy changes affecting global mobility 

Dates: May 25 to July 16, 2021
Duration: 48 hours
Delivery: online
Fees: $300+HST

NEXT SESSION:  May 30 to July 29, 2022
Duration:  48 hours
Delivery:  online
Fees:  $300+HST

This certificate requires the successful completion of both modules outlined below. 
Participants may also take either module as a stand-alone course without the certificate option. 

Module 1: Foundations of International Trade

Through a series of readings, videos, assignments and online discussion boards you will learn how preferential trade agreements (PTAs) and other forms of international cooperation impact the movement of goods, people and services across borders and what they are not designed to do when it comes to border management.  This online module will include the following topics: 

  • Customs, immigration, and regulatory compliance for trade. Customs administration; rules of origin, immigration for business; regulatory compliance, trade in services; establishing business in another country; anti-human smuggling, anti-corrupt practices. 
  • Trade agreements and supranational institutions:  WTO history, major trade blocs; structure of PTAs, WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, regional border cooperation 

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  • understand key steps to customs administration for SME’s to engage in international trade 
  • understand the role of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements in facilitation and regulation of International Trade 
  • explain the role of the World Trade Organization in reducing trade barriers and resolving trade disputes 
  • assess and comply with rules of origin for trade within trade blocs such as the NAFTA region and the European Union 

Dates: September 20 to November 12, 2021.
Duration: 48 hours
Delivery: online 
Fees: $300+HST

Module 2: Trade Finance

Financial transactions accompany the movement of goods and services around the world.  Understanding how finance links with logistics helps learners navigate the global circulation of commerce.  This online module will include the following topics: 

  • Global payments: Contracting (letters of credit, open account), payment systems (SWIFT, etc), new technologies (distributed ledger technology), foreign exchange and regulatory compliance 
  • Trade Finance Instruments: Letters of credit, supply chain finance (factoring, etc.), risk mitigation (trade insurance, hedging), Fintech Innovations and anti-money laundering  

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  • understand the various traditional and new methods of moving funds between international financial institutions and their business clients

  • evaluate various levels of risk associated with the use of different trade finance instruments and how technology and other changes in government and banking policy helps small and medium businesses become better traders 

  • understand the various options by which suppliers in international supply chains can use their accounts payable to generate cash flow 

  • develop policy statements to ensure compliance with regulations that target money laundering and other international financial crimes 

  • identify major technological and operational innovations that are currently transforming global trade finance 

Dates: January 10 to March 4, 2022
Duration: 48 hours
Delivery: online
Fees: $300+HST




In order to ensure you are academically prepared, it is expected that you have: 

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalency
  • ​Completed one grade 12 math or equivalency (recommended) 
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Postsecondary education and relevant work experience would be an asset   


Dr. Bill Anderson held faculty posts at McMaster University and Boston University before arriving at the University of Windsor in 2008 as Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy and founding director of the Cross-Border Institute (CBI). In January 2017 he was appointed Assistant VP of Innovation in Cross-Border Strategies. Dr. Anderson is author of over 80 refereed papers and chapters and four books in his areas of expertise, which include border operations, technology and policy; freight transportation and supply chain; international trade and business; Canada-US economic integration; economic geography and regional economic development. At the CBI he leads a multidisciplinary team studying border traffic flows, the economic impact of border infrastructure, big data analysis of Global Positioning System data, cross-border customs and immigration, global financial transactions and other topics with the common goal of making borders work better.  

Marta Leardi-Anderson has extensive operational and policy experience in the movement of goods, people and services across international borders. Most recently she was on leave from her role as Executive Director of the Cross-Border Institute (CBI) at the University of Windsor and served as the Executive Vice President for P3 Procurement and Policy at the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, a Canadian Crown Corporation delivering the multi-billion dollar Gordie Howe International Bridge project, an international and multi-jurisdictional infrastructure project between Detroit Michigan and Windsor Ontario. As the Executive Vice President she led one of the largest and most complex P3 infrastructure procurements in North America.   As Executive Director of the CBI she leads teams in the development and execution of various projects aimed at addressing challenges related to and impacting international borders. 

Laurie Tannous is an attorney whose career spans appointments at the Canada Border Services Agency, and the trade advisory and customs brokerage industries. She is currently Special Advisor  on Customs, Immigration, and Border Security to the  Cross Border Institute as well as Vice President Government & Industry Relations  at  Farrow  - Canada's largest independently owned customs broker. She is also in active legal practice with a focus on developing corporate immigration strategies to facilitate the entry of key personnel of multinational corporations into Canada. Ms. Tannous is a requested speaker at many trade and industry forums globally, providing public  policy counsel to government officials and industry leaders on matters relating to Border Security  and Management, Immigration, Customs, Trade, Logistics and Economic Development Initiatives,  Government Procurement, and Public-Private-Partnerships. 


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