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  • International Transportation and Customs

    International Transportation and Customs

Program Code:TCS
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The International Transportation and Customs program puts you in the driver’s seat with valued expertise and knowledge to help companies effectively manage the movement of goods and services internationally in our complex global economy. This program provides you with a solid technical understanding and practical knowledge of international transportation, customs brokerage and international freight forwarding. You will have opportunities to take part in field visits to transport companies, customs brokers and international freight forwarders both domestically and internationally.

You will learn from industry professionals and expert faculty, who will enhance your learning with real–life case studies and current, relevant knowledge. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to work in the field of customs brokerage within Canada and international freight forwarding around the world.

Graduating students will also receive a certificate from MSR, the e–customs company or like company.

Subject to student demand, TCS students also have the opportunity to pursue a certificate in international freight forwarding from CIFFA.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

In today’s global economy, there is an increasing demand for skilled employees who can help companies manage their supply chain effectively. As a graduate of this program you will be prepared for entry–level career opportunities in the fields of transportation, customs brokerage, international freight forwarding and international banking. In today’s lean business environment, industry seeks employees who can help them maximize their supply chain – this program provides you with the skills and expertise to provide immediate value in this context.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Seneca College• Bachelor of Commerce, International Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, Financial Services Management
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management or Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business

Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Students from across the globe are attracted to this program, making the educational experience inter–culturally rich and diverse. You will also have the opportunity to learn from award–winning faculty with extensive expertise in international business and to interact with industry professionals to maximize your learning experience.

International Travel/Study Abroad

As a student of this program you may also have the opportunity to travel/study internationally and network in international arenas.

  • Turkey
  • Prague
  • Germany

Pathways To A Degree In International Business

If you have completed four or more semesters of a Business or International Business diploma program, you may be given advanced credit for your program, within the maximum credits allowed. This block transfer may allow you to turn your diploma into a degree, helping to build your credentials for a successful future. Please contact the Admissions Advisor or Program Co–ordinator for more information.

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
ITC111 Introduction to Customs 4
NAT155 World Geography 3
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
SSC100 Success Strategies for College 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC106 Accounting I 4
ITA311 Customs Process II 4
ITC101 Introduction to Transportation 4
MRK108 Introduction to Marketing 3
SMS333 Computer Applications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC394 Effective Business Writing 3
ITA301 International Freight Handling 4
ITA401 International Transportation Documentation I 4
ITA411 Customs Process III 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAP308 Career Research and Planning 1
ITA403 International Transportation Documentation II 4
ITA501 Pricing and Quoting 3
ITA507 Logistics 3
ITA511 Customs Process IV: International Trade 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Note: Students require a G.P.A. of 1.8 to remain in the program.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Judy Chung
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22127
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  June Allison
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Elaine Nethery
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26233
Program Coordinator: John Bottomley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26012
Academic Program Chair: Caroline Cole
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26022
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“I chose Seneca because it has a great reputation. The International Transportation and Customs program teaches how customs, habits and languages around the world affect international trade in different regions. I think the program widened my view of the world and I really see the concept of a Global Village now. Before graduating, I worked as a Commercial Officer at the Consulate General of Brazil in the Trade and Tourism office in Toronto. Working full time while fulfilling the program requirements at Seneca was challenging. The competition for the job included 30 people. With an interest in international trade and a professional attitude, you can succeed in this field. It can be competitive, but focusing on your pursuit will help you achieve your goals.”

Georges Cunningham Jr.

“I had a great experience at Seneca College in the International Transportation and Customs Program. I made many contacts and friends during my studies, that I still encounter in the freight forwarding industry. All the fundamentals and education that I received at Seneca College have been a great asset for me and my career path. I still keep in touch with my professors, and to this day I am still able to go to them for friendly advice. I am very glad to have gone to such a great school.”

Ron Sham

“Seneca graduates have impressed our clients on how well prepared they are for employment through the International Transportation and Customs Program. A good foundation of essential freight and customs knowledge prepares them for the challenges of this dynamic sector of the company. We see confident and positive–minded graduates joining great companies.”

Anna Buckley
Buckley Search Inc.
Associate Member, Ciffa since 1990

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