Single Administrative Document (SAD)

The SAD training course is designed for those members of a trading or agent organisation, responsible for export or import of goods, finance and supply chain personnel.

It provides an understanding of the definitions, terms and stakeholders involved in the generation and management of Single Administrative Documents (SAD).

The SAD is defined as a multi-copy form which is used throughout the Community and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries for the control of imports, exports and goods in transit.  It is a customs form developed by the European Union (EU) to control the import and export of goods arriving into and departing from EU nations. The document uses harmonised codes to identify the countries of origin and destination, the exporter or carrier, the party(s) responsible for making the customs declaration and settlement payments, an inventory of the goods and the number of containers.


4 hours, classroom based


Maximum 6-8 persons


Onsite within your business or at PerformanSC, Dublin


Learning outcomes and content

The principal customs form used in international trade is known as the Single Administrative Document (SAD).

Traders and agents can use the SAD to assist with declaring import, export, transit and community status declarations in manual processing situations.

As the principal customs form used in international trade, it is critical for those dealing in imports or exports to gain an understanding on what is contained in the SAD, how to correctly complete using commercial paperwork, the definitions of the terms used and the valuation methods available to a business.

This training course covers the complexities of the document and related regulatory requirements.



What will you learn on this course?

  • Definition and terms relating to import and export declarations
  • Stakeholders in the process – who they are and their responsibilities
  • Incoterms – what they mean, categorisation and impact of using them correctly
  • Customs and duties frameworks
  • Valuation and how to correctly determine the value of duties owed
  • Customs classification rules and recommendations
  • Completion of the SAD documentation
  • SAD practical and worked examples
  • Implications of incorrect declarations
  • Auditing of SADs completed by 3rd parties on your behalf



Who should attend this SAD training course?

Since the completion of the SAD is critical to the correct valuation of duties on your business’ imports and exports, as well as ensuring compliance with customs, this course is designed for those responsible for;

  • Import and export compliance
  • Import and export documentation
  • Finance and procurement
  • Shipping and logistics

For more detail on upcoming SAD training courses planned, or to request in-house training, please email or contact us here