The ICC Academy offers online certifications and professional development services to meet the educational needs of MSMEs in the forefront of international trade

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to economies and livelihoods. The impact has been devastating for many, especially micro, small, and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) who face increased costs and value chain disruptions, ultimately resulting in job losses.

For British businesses, it’s a double whammy. Along with COVID-19, international traders are faced with the post-Brexit hurdle, which means British exporters must now wrestle with a mountain of information; from practices and procedures on international merchandise transaction to strategically managing contractual risks; and from understanding the primary modes of international transport and their commercial practices to knowing the costs, risks, and responsibilities within the ICC’s latest commercial trade terms, the Incoterms® 2020 rules.   

In this challenging scenario, are MSMEs in Britain equipped to deal with the twin forces of COVID and Brexit? Being the backbone of the UKs economy, it’s vital that MSMEs have access to the tools needed to succeed. To emerge stronger from the crisis, one such tool for companies is reskilling their workforces. Companies should start thinking of adapting employees’ skills and roles to the new landscape in on order to build resilience.

This is where the educational arm of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the ICC Academy comes in. The Academy offers online certifications and professional development services to meet the educational needs of MSMEs in the forefront of international trade. Our online programmes are designed by ICC’s unrivalled roster of international experts like Professor Charles Debattista, Special Adviser to the ICC Incoterms® 2020 Drafting Group and Guillermo Jimenez, author of the ICC Guide to Export/Import – Global Standards for International Trade.

Export/Import Certificate

The Export/Import Certificate (EIC) provides comprehensive and practical knowledge on how to conduct cross-border transactions. This professional certificate programme offers MSMEs in-depth understanding of international trade processes and their related risks to successfully compete in foreign markets.

Comprising of five courses on international trade, business transactions and contracts, financing and security devices, international logistics and sourcing and global business management, the online programme covers the essential skills required to effectively trade worldwide and manage an international business, from negotiating contracts to resolving cross-border disputes.

What do you learn?

  • Pick up on the key market-entry strategies from industry best practices
  • Avoid costly mistakes by identifying the trade risks in a transaction
  • Improve skills in negotiation and risk management by better understanding the global market

For more information on the professional qualification, visit the webpage on Export/Import Certificate

Incoterms® 2020 Certificate

The Incoterms® 2020 Certificate (INCO) provides a comprehensive working knowledge of ICC’s globally recognized commercial trade terms, which offer specific guidance for those participating in the import and export of global trade. This professional certificate helps traders avoid costly misunderstandings by clarifying the tasks, costs and risks involved in the delivery of goods.

Comprising of seven lessons on Incoterms® rules, definitions of all the 11 trade terms and its obligations, a comparison matrix and industry case studies, the online programme provides an understanding of the commercial trade terms and how they give a common framework to the trade industry.

What do you learn?

  • Evolve your international trade activities by learning to identify the best Incoterms® rules for your business contracts.
  • Avoid costly mistakes by learning buyer and seller obligation relating to costs, insurance, trade documents and more
  • Understand the origins and technology-driven future of the Incoterms® rules—the world’s essential trade terms since 1936

For more information on the professional qualification, visit the webpage on Incoterms® 2020 Certificate


Both the professional certifications have been accredited by London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF), Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT), National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Collins Ayoo, International Trade Centre, Kenya

“When my clients ask me questions about transportation and financing, I now have the answers and feel in a much better position to help them. The Export/Import Certificate has boosted my confidence helped me offer my clients value for money”

Emiliano Introcaso, Export Advisor, Canada

“I feel like the champion of the rules within my organisation and the go-to person when it comes to Incoterms ® 2020. It feels good to be able to provide a level of authority and advice. I regularly encourage others to take up ICC Academy’s training.”

Abdulrahman Alotaibi, Saudi Exports, Saudi Arabia

“The EIC programme comes in response to the growing needs of local enterprises to build the capabilities of their employees. It reflects the prompt efforts of Saudi Exports to equip these enterprises with export skills and knowledge to enhance their competencies in international markets. The certification holds considerable significance for the kingdom, considering that development of human competencies in the areas of management, international marketing, supply chain and trade finance is crucial to go global.”

For help and guidance on how to enroll for the professional certificate programmes, visit our website on Alternatively contact us on or call on +65 6805 9453

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