International Trade Operations

International Trade Operations;

(REPORT format assignment)

TOPIC

Following on from the BRICs, the large emerging markets that were identified as key for future business development, Morgan Stanley dubbed Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey and India ‘The Fragile Five’, potentially indicating that while they are emerging markets there is still a level of risk related to them.

As a newly appointed export operations manager of a medium sized company manufacturing specialist electronic equipment for business customers, you have been asked to make recommendations to the Board of Directors on the operational aspects of dealing with emerging markets. The organisation is currently shipping to developed markets in Western Europe

The issues to be included in the report are:

a)    Mode of transport and delivery terms
b)    Mode of payment terms and credit period

The company currently uses open account payment terms for its European customers and transports its products using road freight transport.

You should focus on ONE of the following markets:
Indonesia
Brazil
South Africa (MY COUNRTY OF CHOICE)
Turkey
India

Report format with numbered sections and a title page, don’t need a contents page

You need to show that you understand the theory through application to the question e.g. risk theory, trasnsport and Incoterms theory and selection criteria; payment mode and payment terms theory and selection criteria

Do not go into great detail in the text on descriptions of transport and payments modes – if you want to provide detail, put a table in an appendix.  You must be able to justify your choices though.

You will need to have an understanding of both transport and payments environment, but should not give long descriptions

If you put diagrams or models in appendices, please make them big enough for me to read them. Make sure they have an appendix number, title and source.

You reference list should be in alphabetical order by author surname. In the text you should only have author and year, a web address is not a reference, use the author of the article/report or the company name. PLEASE ONLY USE JOURNALS preferably electronic ones. BUT REFERENCE using APA 6th edition format or style.

•    Submission: Monday 7th January 2015, via Turnitin by 23.59.
Word limit – 2500 words, this does not include appendices.
•    Report format, fully referenced in APA 6th format within text and reference list. You should include a title page. An executive summary is not required.
•    Please note that you do NOT need to give detailed examples of the modes of transport and modes of payment within the text of the report, but you should be able to demonstrate your understanding of the selection criteria and application to the chosen market.
•    Please use 1.5 line spacing
•    This assignment will be marked on Turnitin and your feedback will be available through Turnitin by 9th February.
•    You may include appendices with supplementary relevant material, but this should not contain copies of your research articles. Each appendix should be numbered and give a title and source.
•    You should use examples or statistics where appropriate.
•    This assignment is worth 50% of your total mark for this module

Marking Schedule

Mode of transport and delivery terms    40%
Mode of payment and credit period    40%
Evidence of Research             10%
Structure, language, presentation     10%

Marking Criteria

Transport and Delivery Terms
•    Understanding and application of theory
•    Level of assessment of transport and delivery terms
•    Appropriateness of recommendations
•    Use of examples and statistics to support

Payment and credit
•    Understanding and application of theory
•    Level of assessment of payment modes and terms
•    Appropriateness of recommendations

References
•    Number of references
•    Range and relevance references
•    Correct referencing in text and reference list

Presentation etc.
•    Overall presentation of report
•    Report structure and layout
•    Use of appropriate language and terminology
•    Grammar and spelling

Learning Outcomes

2    Demonstrate knowledge of the operational aspects of the export and import transaction

3    Assess the impact of operational aspects of importing and exporting on international business

5    Use knowledge of the operational aspects of international trade to critically evaluate the options available to the exporters and importers

6.    Locate and evaluate information on procedures and regulations relating to international trade

The University regards any attempt by a student to gain unfair advantage such as cheating, collusion, falsification, ghosting, personation and plagiarism as a serious academic offence. Where such conduct is proven this may lead to the application of a disciplinary penalty by the Academic Misconduct Committee (AMC). The assessment for criteria is as set out in the Huddersfield University Business School Assessment Guidelines Committee.

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