CET858 Global Air Cargo

Course Provider

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)



Academic Unit



The COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented disruptions in International Air and Ocean Transport have adversely affected global Trade and Supply Chains. Business Continuity Plans and Crisis Management Plans at national and corporate levels were triggered to ensure continuity in food supplies, and other critical supplies, such as masks, ventilators, and vaccines. Air cargo has played a major role in restoration of trade and availability of key supplies in remote corners of the world even amidst major disruptions.

Main objectives of this course are to familiarize the participants with the air cargo markets, players in the industry, models of operation, opportunities and challenges, and processes for handling regular and specialized cargo.


This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Engineering
- FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering

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At the end of the course, learners  will have a clear understanding of:

(1) air cargo industry and;

(2) air cargo infrastructure and handling processes; and processes for handling of specialized cargo.

In this course, airport infrastructure to handle cargo, including its design, building, and financing of air cargo terminals and warehouses will be examined.

Scope of the course will include a review of the global air cargo industry and major markets, as well as the aviation trade regulatory policies. Challenges to air cargo trade will also be addressed. In addition, business models including Public Private Partnership (PPP), monopoly cargo handling and competitive franchises, licenses, covered ground handling processes and ground handling equipment will be explored.

The course will also go over handling of special cargo, such as perishables, and dangerous goods, which require specialized processes for handling and storage.

The course will end with a discussion of air cargo standards, KPIs and productivity measurements.

Working adults from the industry, professionals seeking mid-career change or fresh graduates with relevant background.

Standard Course Fee: S$1,296

SSG Funding Support

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Fee BEFORE funding & GST

Fee AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click  here for more information. 

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    CET861 Optimization of Supply and Transportation Networks1
    CET862 Decision Analytics and Applications1
    CET863 Sales and Operations Planning1
    CET864 Resource and Capacity Planning 2
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    CET866 Supply Network Design & Inventory Management1
    CET867 Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management1
    CET868 Strategic Sourcing and Procurement2
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    Listed courses are:

    • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Engineering (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Supply Chain Engineering (total 15AUs).
    • SkillsFuture Credit approved.