Doing Business in Paraguay

One of the fastest-growing Latin American economies, Paraguay offers an export market and attractive investment incentives for manufacturing operations and the lowest factor costs in the region. Learn about business opportunities in various sectors, reasons to consider doing business in Paraguay, and the U.S. Government resources available to support your company in the market.

  • Although Paraguay does not have a free trade agreement with the United states, in 2019 trade of goods between the United States and Paraguay totaled $2.1B.
  • Paraguay has significant cost advantages, which provide attractive conditions for international investors and regional companies.
  • Projected infrastructure projects will require new or used heavy machinery, as well as engineering, project management consulting, and financial services.
  • The ag industry presents opportunities for animal genetics, fertilizers, pest control, farm equipment, and processing machinery.

Fee

$35

Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service

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Free Event: Marine Tech Opportunities in Taiwan “Coffee Chat”

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a virtual coffee chat with the American Institute in Taiwan. This informal video discussion will cover the water and marine- related sectors in Taiwan and include a brief overview and Q&A session.

Why Taiwan?

Taiwan is surrounded by the ocean, with over 121 offshore islands, numerous reefs and a 1,566 km coastline. Taiwan is making efforts to promote investment in green technologies ensuring future investment in marine tech.

After a typhoon less than a year ago, and an unusual and sustained dry spell, Taiwan is facing a serious drought. As the water shortage is likely to become a long-term issue, Taiwan announced a 10-year, 5.67 billion USD plan to improve existing infrastructure, which presents opportunities for qualified U.S. companies.

Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service.

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Peru: Multi-Sector Overview and Opportunities

Peru has been one of the fastest growing Latin American economies since 2002 and is known for its prudent fiscal policies. Structural reforms and sound macroeconomic policies created high growth, low inflation and reduced poverty.

Learn about several high prospect sectors, associated opportunities, reasons to consider doing business in the country, and the U.S. Government resources available to support your company in the market.

  • Peru has an infrastructure gap of approximately $160 billion USD and has taken recent steps to address these critical needs.
  • Peru’s mining industry has been an essential component of the country’s economic development, accounting for 10 percent of Peru’s gross domestic product.
  • The Strategic Plan for the Peruvian National Police 2020-2024 states that the GOP will spend over $117 million in the next four years on police equipment.
  • There has been an increased demand for fabrics and yarns, a high dependence on imported supplies (dyes, buttons, closures and others), equipment and machinery.

Fee

$35

Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service.

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Getting Your Goods from Here to There: Lessons Learned from the EVER GIVEN

The EVER GIVEN’s grounding in the Suez Canal and the subsequent halt of traffic illustrated that the ease of movement of goods is critical to the success of international trade. This year, shipping lane and port congestion issues highlighted an already difficult transportation capacity situation brought upon by the pandemic and the years of increasing international trade.

We will discuss the ripple effects of the EVER GIVEN grounding on international trade, and the lessons we have learned and the steps we can take as importers, exporters and logistics operators to reduce the risk of the rising demand for shipping capacity.

Keynote Speaker:

  • U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Delaware

Panelists:

  • Michael Ford, VP, Government & Industry Affairs, BDP International
  • Dennis Rochford, President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River & Bay
  • Anabel Panayotti, President, Port to Port International

Moderator:

  • Carla Stone, President, World Trade Center Delaware

Fee

$35 members; $45 non-members.

Sponsored by World Trade Center Delaware.

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ACE Reporting Demonstration for Import

Led by Carlos R. Rodriguez from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the two-hour ACE Reporting Demonstration for Import course provides importers with the skills and knowledge to navigate the ACE reporting tool and take advantage of its numerous capabilities.

Along with discussing the CBP’s new data initiative and exploring ACE reporting training materials on CBP.gov, attendees will review the most popular reports for cargo release, entry summary, PGA Message Set, statement, AD/CVD, liquidation, reconciliation, drawback, protest and in bonds, and learn how to run standard reports using basic formatting features and printing and exporting capabilities. Additional demonstrations include how to modify canned reports by adding data objects and filters, and how to use system features such as scheduling, sharing, and sending reports to other users in ACE.

What You’ll Learn

  • Additional ACE Reports capabilities such as scheduling, sharing, and sending reports to other users in ACE.
  • How to modify existing reports by adding additional data objects and/or filters.
  • The Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) new data initiative.
  • An awareness of the ACE Reports and training materials available at CBP.gov.
  • How to use “preferences” prior to running ACE Reports.
  • How to run the existing AES-201 Filer Transactions Report.

Fee

$30 members; $60 non-members.

Sponsored by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

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ACE Reporting Demonstration for Export

Led by Carlos R. Rodriguez from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the two-hour ACE Reporting Demonstration for Export course provides exporters with the skills and knowledge to navigate the ACE reporting tool and take advantage of its numerous capabilities.

Along with discussing the CBP’s new data initiative and exploring ACE reporting training materials on CBP.gov, attendees will review the most popular reports for filers and USPPIs and learn how to run standard reports using basic formatting features and printing and exporting capabilities. Additional demonstrations include how to modify canned reports by adding data objects and filters, and how to use system features such as scheduling, sharing, and sending reports to other users in ACE.

What You’ll Learn

  • Additional ACE Reports capabilities such as scheduling, sharing, and sending reports to other users in ACE.
  • How to modify existing reports by adding additional data objects and/or filters.
  • The Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) new data initiative.
  • An awareness of the ACE Reports and training materials available at CBP.gov.
  • How to use “preferences” prior to running ACE Reports.
  • How to run the existing AES-201 Filer Transactions Report.

Fee

$30 members; $60 non-members.

Sponsored by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

Click here to register and for more information.

The Future of Global Trade: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities

Join us on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, for our 36th World Trade Day and experience our new virtual event, featuring keynote speakers, small group discussions and networking!

The topic for this year’s event is “The Future of Global Trade: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities.”

World Trade Day is one of the largest such events in the region and provides numerous opportunities for learning, thoughtful discussion and networking.

Featured Keynote Speakers

Sirat AttapitAssistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Update on U.S. Trade Policy

Pete Mento, Pete Mento LLC and sponsor of the “Trade Geek” podcast

What the past has taught us and what the future holds.

A complete list of workshops, speakers, and registration information is available at https://worldtradeday.bryant.edu/agenda/.

Registration Fee

$75

Sponsored by The John H. Chafee Center for International Trade at Bryant University.

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Free Webinar: International Distribution Strategies—Foreign Agents & Distributors and Distribution Agreements

When your company has found a prospective foreign representative, the next step is to negotiate a foreign sales agreement. There is certain information you need to provide, and many legal issues to consider.  In drafting the agreement, you must pay special attention to safeguarding your company’s interests in case the representative proves unsatisfactory.

Considerations to be covered:

  • Market Penetration Considerations – Evaluating Candidates for Foreign Representation, Representation and Distribution Agreements & Developing Overseas Representatives
  • What language should the contract be drafted in
  • Obtaining legal counsel
  • Establishing an escape clause or a certain term for the agreement
  • Designating Sales territory
  • Accountability measures for your representative/ “just cause” for termination
  • Pros/cons of exclusive vs. non-exclusive representation, selecting, screening
  • Motivating international reps/best practices when working with international reps

Scheduled Speakers:

  • Damon Claus. Castus Consulting. “Best practices when working with international reps.”
  • Susanne Cook. Dentons Cohen & Grigsby. “ International Business Contracts”

Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center University of Pittsburgh.

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Free Event: A Seat at the Table—Women in Global Leadership

A Seat at the Table: In Conversation with H.R.H. Princess Reema bint Bandar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States.

Join the World Trade Center Washington, DC, and the World Trade Center Dublin for a webinar series focused on women in roles of leadership in diplomacy, international business, philanthropy, culture and the arts.

Hosted by Susan Sloan, author of A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy and Lessons for the World, our third conversation will feature HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her Royal Highness will share her insights on the evolving roles of women in Saudi Arabia. Join this dynamic conversation!

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The Shipping Industry in a Post-Pandemic World—A World Shipping Council Perspective

Presentation by Anne Marie Kappel, Vice President, Strategy & Communications, World Shipping Council.

The first 15 minutes of this meeting will be spent in a networking session breakout room.

Sponsored by the Propeller Club of Los Angeles – Long Beach.

Registration Fee

$20 members; $30 non-members

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Free Webinar: Canada, U.S., and Michigan—Mapping the Business Landscape

Michigan World Trade Week is a celebration of international trade and business growth for Michigan. Michigan World Trade Week is organized by the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) and Grand Valley State University’s Van Andel Global Trade Center (VAGTC) together with support from the Planning Committee.

Join us for a conversation between Canada’s Consul General Joseph Comartin and Maryscott Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian-American Business Council, as they discuss the Canadian-U.S. relationship and its implications for Michigan.

  • Joseph Comartin was appointed as Canada’s Consul General to Detroit in autumn of 2018, and is responsible for the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. His career spans the private and public sectors, and most recently academia.
  • Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood is the CEO of the Canadian American Business Council.  Greenwood also leads Crestview Strategy US where she serves as Partner and the Managing Director.  Scotty is also a member of the Board of Directors of Spartan Bioscience, The Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies, and the Future Borders Coalition.

Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

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35th Annual Michigan World Trade Week Business Conference: Amplify Global Sales

Michigan World Trade Week is a celebration of international trade and business growth for Michigan.

For 35 years area businesses and community leaders have worked together to:

  • Share international business knowledge and resources at the annual business conference and key networking events scheduled throughout the week.
  • Highlight the link between international trade and Michigan’s economic well-being.
  • Recognize the contributions of international trade to job creation in Michigan.
  • Commend companies succeeding in global markets.
  • Support the annual proclamation issued by the President of the United States declaring World Trade Week in May.

Agenda

  • Welcoming Remarks, Sonja Johnson, Executive Director, GVSU’s Van Andel Global Trade Center
  • Keynote Presentation, “Gordon Food Service Journey of International Sales,” Jeff White, Executive Vice President, North American Sales, Gordon Food Service
  • Networking Break and Live Q&A, “China & Global Trade: Responding to Tariff Dodging and Enforcing a Level Playing Field,” Jacob Koerning, Principal, Miller Canfield
  • Breakout Sessions, “Cyber Protection” and “Weathering the Perfect Storm”
  • Networking Break and Live Q&A, “Using Digital Sales Strategy to Increase Sales (eCommerce & Social Media),” Andrew Lawlor, Online Business Development Manager, IBT
  • Panel Discussion, “Global Sales Best Practices,” moderated by Kendra Kuo, Direct, U.S. Commercial Service – Grand Rapids; panelists Dave Siebert, Vice President, International Sales, The Oneida Group; Mitch Ermatinger, Founder, Speciation Artisan Ales; Dave Segerlind, Export Sales Representative, Deveraux Sawmill
  • Closing Remarks, World Trade Week Planning Committee Chair

Registration Fee

$75

Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service and Grand Valley State University’s Van Andel Global Trade Center.

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2021 World Trade Week Southern California Kickoff Conference

For over 94 years, World Trade Week Southern California has been the most extensive program of its kind in the nation, actively promoting global trade, which has supported our region in crisis and will be one of the most important drivers of economic recovery in the coming years.

The annual Kickoff Conference convenes prominent business leaders, diplomats, government and civic officials as we discuss the crucial role of international trade in sustaining our global economy and launch more than 30 events held throughout the month of May by organizations throughout Southern California.

Agenda

  • 10:30 am CDT – Networking
  • 11:00 am CDT – Program
  • 11:30 am CDT – Networking

Featured Keynote

Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Airlines

Opening Remarks

Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Featured Panel: Future of Transportation and Supply Chain

Addressing supply chain infrastructure, transportation challenges, and innovative, sustainable solutions to increase the region’s global competitiveness as we recover from the pandemic. Panelists feature:

  • Michelle Kinman, Director of Transportation, Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator (LACI)
  • Commissioner Jaime L. Lee, President, Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners
  • Rob Walpole, Vice President, Delta Cargo, Delta Airlines

Registration Fee

  • $35 General Admission
  • $25 L.A. Chamber Member Admission
  • $15 Student Admission

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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35th Annual NASBITE International Annual Conference – Day 3

The NASBITE International Annual Conference provides a rich forum for learning and networking across a broad spectrum of topics related to international business, trade and trade education.

These events draw from all segments of the global business community including: trade educators and administrators; federal, state and local trade assistance professionals; exporters and importers; other businesses that support or facilitate international trade finance, logistics, and compliance; and students.

NASBITE Conferences are known for their “take-away” value and networking opportunities. Registrants not only share and learn from the many sessions offered on all aspects of global business, but also have the opportunity to network with peers, find out who’s doing what, hear about best practices in trade education and trade assistance, and discover new skills and approaches in export development and marketing.

Click here for the conference agenda.

Registration Fee

$25 for non-members.

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35th Annual NASBITE International Annual Conference – Day 2

The NASBITE International Annual Conference provides a rich forum for learning and networking across a broad spectrum of topics related to international business, trade and trade education.

These events draw from all segments of the global business community including: trade educators and administrators; federal, state and local trade assistance professionals; exporters and importers; other businesses that support or facilitate international trade finance, logistics, and compliance; and students.

NASBITE Conferences are known for their “take-away” value and networking opportunities. Registrants not only share and learn from the many sessions offered on all aspects of global business, but also have the opportunity to network with peers, find out who’s doing what, hear about best practices in trade education and trade assistance, and discover new skills and approaches in export development and marketing.

Click here for the conference agenda.

Registration Fee

$25 for non-members.

Click here to register and for more information.

35th Annual NASBITE International Annual Conference – Day 1

The NASBITE International Annual Conference provides a rich forum for learning and networking across a broad spectrum of topics related to international business, trade and trade education.

These events draw from all segments of the global business community including: trade educators and administrators; federal, state and local trade assistance professionals; exporters and importers; other businesses that support or facilitate international trade finance, logistics, and compliance; and students.

NASBITE Conferences are known for their “take-away” value and networking opportunities. Registrants not only share and learn from the many sessions offered on all aspects of global business, but also have the opportunity to network with peers, find out who’s doing what, hear about best practices in trade education and trade assistance, and discover new skills and approaches in export development and marketing.

Click here for the conference agenda.

Registration Fee

$25 for non-members.

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Free Webinar: Hot Topics on Sanctions (Focus on US, Canada, UK, EU and Middle East)

Join us for our 18th Annual Global Trade and Supply Chain Webinar Series entitled, International Trade & Developments in a World Focused on Recovery & Renewal, which includes the latest international trade developments including updates on trade wars, trade agreement negotiations and key customs, export controls and sanctions developments.

This year, we expanded our program of basic customs webinars to cover the areas of export controls and sanctions. The basic program is primarily aimed at participants who are new to global trade and/or those who would like a refresher.

The May 25 event focuses on sanctions in the US, Canada, UK, EU and Middle East. Speakers will be:

  • Sunny Mann (London), Moderator
  • Brian Cacic (Toronto)
  • Olof Konig (Stockholm)
  • Callie Lefevre (Washington, DC)
  • Samir Safar-Aly (Dubai)

Sponsored by Baker McKenzie.

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Free Webinar: Global Trade Shipping Update—Trends in Inbound, Outbound and Global Air & Ocean Cargo

We are a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and delays continue to plague companies engaged in global trade, resulting in crippling congestion at ports worldwide. The pandemic has created a shortage of workers and a glut of inbound cargo caused by increased consumer demand. This supply chain disruption has caused frustration and has been costly as businesses are waiting longer for supplies and paying higher prices for workarounds to receive and deliver their goods. And the impacts of inbound delays have trickled down, resulting in reduced capacity and increased delays on outbound cargo as well.

Join us to hear from industry experts who will provide an update on global shipping, discussing the trends in inbound, outbound and global air and ocean cargo, as well as mitigation tips for managing delays and supply chain disruption.

Speakers include:

  • Kristen Morneau, Senior Advisor — Mohawk Global
  • Rich Roche, Vice President, International Transportation — Mohawk Global

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Export Center.

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Free Webinar: Biden on Trade: The First 100 Days and Beyond

If there is one thing that U.S. businesses have learned in recent years, it is that the Executive Branch can wield extraordinary power to implement sweeping changes in trade policy. As we approach the 100-day mark of the Biden Administration, certain indicators, such as key trade appointments, development of a trade policy agenda and official statements are all helping us to better understand the outlook for international trade in the coming years.

Join us for this webinar, which will discuss possible upcoming shifts in trade policy, as well as continued implementation of trade-related legislation and the outlook for reauthorization of Trade Promotion Authority later in 2021. Specifically, the webinar will assess the future of export controls, economic sanctions, free trade policy, tariff and Customs policy, regulatory enforcement and more.

The webinar will also address issues such ongoing trade negotiations with China, the ebb and flow of the U.S. relationship with our key global trade allies, and the outlook for the U.S. to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the possible impact on sanctions. Join us to hear from trade policy experts who will provide practical guidance on preparing global business operations for the future.

Speakers include:

  • Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade & Government Relations — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
  • Paula Connelly, Member — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
  • Kristine Pirnia, Member, Export Controls and Sanctions Practice Leader — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Export Center.

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World Trade Month 2021 Kickoff Event—International Trade Snapshot: Past, Present and Future

Since 1935, May has been designated as World Trade Month in the United States. In order to kickoff a month-long series of online webinars and events, register now for this hour-long look at the state of international trade in the U.S. and around the globe.

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2020 was a year that no one could have anticipated. Covid-19 caused the world economy to shrink up to 5%. United States GDP had its worst contraction since 1947. Port congestion ran high around the world, shipping rates soared, and certain carriers even stopped accepting freight for particular lanes.

It’s no wonder that the World Trade Organization estimates global trade fell 9.2% last year.

The worst is (hopefully) behind us, but questions remain. How much of a recovery can we expect this year? When will rates go back to normal? Will Covid leave a legacy of free trade or foster greater protectionism?

Join Helen Mann as she reviews the state of global trade and economic growth since the coronavirus pandemic first hit. In this free, one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about what happened to the economy (both in the United States and abroad), whether trade has recovered, and what the future holds for importers and exporters.

What You’ll Learn

  • The economic impact of the coronavirus in 2020.
  • The logistical challenges plaguing importers and exporters.
  • The status of U.S. trade with the world in the first half of 2021.
  • The administrative decisions and economic factors that will affect international trade in 2021 and beyond.

Who Should Attend

  • Executives of any company involved in international trade.
  • International sales teams.
  • Logistics professionals.
  • Anyone who is interested in learning how the pandemic has disrupted international trade.

Registration Fee

Free!

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions.

Click here to register and for more information.

World Trade Center Denver 48th Annual World Trade Day – Day 2

World Trade Day is an international trade and investment conference with over 700 participants from across the Rocky Mountain Region and around the globe.  This year’s theme is Digital Globalization, a look at how technology is helping to accelerate connections, transparency and trade.

Learn from local and global experts, connect with your peers based on your topic of interest and your specific industry, set up B2B meetings, and connect through chats and video call. Have fun with speed networking; you never know who you will be matched with and let it be the start of something great.

Join us to discuss the impact of global trade on our region and learn how to jump-start your business, mitigate risk, and leverage the latest technology to boost your global operations.

Keynote Speaker: Josh Kallmer, Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations at Zoom Video Communications.

Sponsored by World Trade Center Denver.

Registration Fee for the 2-Day Event

$35 for members; $50 for non-members.

Click here to register and for more information.

World Trade Center Denver 48th Annual World Trade Day – Day 1

World Trade Day is an international trade and investment conference with over 700 participants from across the Rocky Mountain Region and around the globe.  This year’s theme is Digital Globalization, a look at how technology is helping to accelerate connections, transparency and trade.

Learn from local and global experts, connect with your peers based on your topic of interest and your specific industry, set up B2B meetings, and connect through chats and video call. Have fun with speed networking; you never know who you will be matched with and let it be the start of something great.

Join us to discuss the impact of global trade on our region and learn how to jump-start your business, mitigate risk, and leverage the latest technology to boost your global operations.

Keynote Speaker: Josh Kallmer, Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations at Zoom Video Communications.

Sponsored by World Trade Center Denver.

Registration Fee for the 2-Day Event

$35 for members; $50 for non-members.

Click here to register and for more information.

 

Free Webinar: Working with Your Broker for Import Compliance

Establishing a strong working relationship with your customs broker helps ensure a well-run, compliance import-entry process.

Importers often rely on customs brokers to help manage their import entry process. But that doesn’t mean turning the process over to them and walking away. Successful import companies understand that working with their customs broker is a collaborative process, since a broker depends on the importer to provide essential information.

In this one-hour webinar, attorney and licensed customs broker Jack Shelton explains the role of the customs broker, the general process of entering merchandise into the United States including properly classifying and valuing the goods, and how the importer and broker can work together to ensure compliance.

What You’ll Learn

  • The role of the customs broker.
  • How the Customs Modernization Act applies to your imports.
  • The general process of “entering” merchandise into the U.S.
  • The process of classifying your merchandise.
  • The process for determining the proper valuation of goods.
  • Preference programs and free trade agreements.
  • Proper country of origin markings.

Who Should Attend

  • Owners and members of the corporate C-Suite of companies engaged in international trade.
  • International purchasing agents and their managers.
  • Your company’s legal team.
  • International logistics personnel.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and Aegis Trade Law, LLC.

Click here to register and for more information.

Doing Business in Canada: Overview of Taxes for Non-Residents

Canada is the largest single export market for the United States and is a highly receptive market for U.S. goods and services. Several factors, including Canada’s geographic proximity, have afforded U.S. firms with a significant advantage in selling to the Canadian market.

Are you maximizing your opportunity? Whether you currently export to Canada or are new to exporting, the importance of developing a strategic approach to this market is critical to your success. This webinar series, from the U.S. Commercial Service, has been designed to help businesses strengthen the skills necessary to effectively do business in Canada.

Taxes for the Non-Residents

U.S. firms that are new to exporting to Canada often have questions about how to address Canadian taxes and duties. This webinar will teach U.S. exporters what taxes are applicable for non-resident businesses.

Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service – Canada

The U.S. Commercial Service in Canada is part of a global network located across the United States and in the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in over 70 countries. Our mission is to assist U.S. business succeed in the Canadian market and around the world. Our specialists in Canada can help you with facilitating your first export sale or expanding your presence. We can provide you with trade counseling, market intelligence and business matchmaking to help you connect with profitable Canadian business opportunities.

Click here to register and for more information.

Doing Business in Canada: Sending Temporary Workers to Canada

Canada is the largest single export market for the United States and is a highly receptive market for U.S. goods and services. Several factors, including Canada’s geographic proximity, have afforded U.S. firms with a significant advantage in selling to the Canadian market.

Are you maximizing your opportunity? Whether you currently export to Canada or are new to exporting, the importance of developing a strategic approach to this market is critical to your success. This webinar series, from the U.S. Commercial Service, has been designed to help businesses strengthen the skills necessary to effectively do business in Canada.

Sending Temporary Workers to Canada

U.S. firms that perform work in Canada need to identify the mandatory requirements to send temporary workers across the border before travelling. This webinar discusses work permits, the implications of USMCA and the required documentation when travelling to Canada for work.

Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service – Canada

The U.S. Commercial Service in Canada is part of a global network located across the United States and in the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in over 70 countries. Our mission is to assist U.S. business succeed in the Canadian market and around the world. Our specialists in Canada can help you with facilitating your first export sale or expanding your presence. We can provide you with trade counseling, market intelligence and business matchmaking to help you connect with profitable Canadian business opportunities.

Click here to register and for more information.

Doing Business in Canada: Product Labeling & Certification Requirements

Canada is the largest single export market for the United States and is a highly receptive market for U.S. goods and services. Several factors, including Canada’s geographic proximity, have afforded U.S. firms with a significant advantage in selling to the Canadian market.

Are you maximizing your opportunity? Whether you currently export to Canada or are new to exporting, the importance of developing a strategic approach to this market is critical to your success. This webinar series, from the U.S. Commercial Service, has been designed to help businesses strengthen the skills necessary to effectively do business in Canada.

Labeling and Certification Requirements

U.S. firms that are new to exporting to Canada need to understand the requirements for their products to be properly labeled and certified before shipping them for sale in Canada. This webinar will cover Canadian labeling laws as well what certifications are required for your products.

Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service – Canada

The U.S. Commercial Service in Canada is part of a global network located across the United States and in the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in over 70 countries. Our mission is to assist U.S. business succeed in the Canadian market and around the world. Our specialists in Canada can help you with facilitating your first export sale or expanding your presence. We can provide you with trade counseling, market intelligence and business matchmaking to help you connect with profitable Canadian business opportunities.

Click here to register and for more information.

Doing Business in Canada: Using Customs Brokers and the Non-Resident Importer Program

Canada is the largest single export market for the United States and is a highly receptive market for U.S. goods and services. Several factors, including Canada’s geographic proximity, have afforded U.S. firms with a significant advantage in selling to the Canadian market.

Are you maximizing your opportunity? Whether you currently export to Canada or are new to exporting, the importance of developing a strategic approach to this market is critical to your success. This webinar series, from the U.S. Commercial Service, has been designed to help businesses strengthen the skills necessary to effectively do business in Canada.

The Non-Resident Importer Program

The Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program is most often used through a customs broker and is designed to benefit U.S. companies by allowing them to sell to their Canadian clients on a landed cost basis, streamline the customs clearance process, and reduce paperwork. This webinar will provide an overview of customs brokers, the NRI program, the benefits that the NRI program provides to U.S. exporters and the process for registering.

Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service – Canada

The U.S. Commercial Service in Canada is part of a global network located across the United States and in the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in over 70 countries. Our mission is to assist U.S. business succeed in the Canadian market and around the world. Our specialists in Canada can help you with facilitating your first export sale or expanding your presence. We can provide you with trade counseling, market intelligence and business matchmaking to help you connect with profitable Canadian business opportunities.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Webinar: The Status of U.S. Trade Remedies Under the Biden Administration

With the start of the new Biden Administration, what changes, if any, can U.S. businesses expect that will impact their imports, exports and supply-chain operations?

Even with the change in administration, it now appears likely that the ongoing trade war between the United States and China will continue to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of goods as the two countries address their long-simmering disputes regarding unfair trade practices. With progress in resolving the dispute proving to be difficult at best, U.S. businesses looking to thrive during the ongoing trade war are best served by evaluating their import, export, and supply-chain practices with increasing scrutiny and creativity.

In this one-hour webinar, Kristi Zenter and Heather Marx from the law firm of Cozen O’Connor bring you up to date on the latest developments in trade issues under the Biden Administration and will arm you with strategies to evaluate your supply chain and import practices, so that your business can more readily adapt to the continually evolving trade landscape.

We examine how trade relations, not only with China but also with new changes in the UK-EU landscape, have affected American businesses in the global marketplace, outline the recent changes in customs practices and court rulings, and discuss how successful businesses are responding to the new developments in anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures.

Who Should Attend

  • Corporate leaders.
  • In-house legal counsel.
  • Trade compliance specialists.
  • Supply chain professionals.
  • Purchasing personnel.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and Cozen O’Connor.

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LEAP Forward 2021: LIVE HEALTHIER Webinar

Biotechnology, gene therapy and the use of artificial intelligence are changing the face of healthcare, with European and American firms at the forefront of research, development, and commercialization.  Start-up ventures now compete around the world with entrenched players to develop the next lifesaving treatment.  Policy and ethical issues are stirring considerable debate in European-American life sciences circles, while many are seeing investment opportunities that attract global capital.

For decades, bi-national member chambers have worked together to produce world-class events in New York City, including the annual Central Park Boathouse European Spring Networking Event, various European Start-up Pitch Nights and other multi-Chamber events. These gatherings are known for their high-quality audience, content and atmosphere.  The 2021 European-American Business Trends Series will be no exception!

LEAP Atlantic—Leaders of European & American Partnerships—includes 20 participating Bi-National European Chambers of Commerce that reach more than 4,000 member companies and tens of thousands of European and American business leaders across the New York area, as well as around the world.

Registration Fee

Free to members; $25 for non-members.

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LEAP Forward 2021: (RE)BUILD SMARTER Webinar

While the world’s demand for energy and clean water continue to grow alongside greenhouse gases, companies throughout Europe and the United States are devising innovative solutions to address these global concerns. With the United States back among Paris accord signatories, the transatlantic relationship will be key force to developing and implementing financially viable sustainability models.

For decades, bi-national member chambers have worked together to produce world-class events in New York City, including the annual Central Park Boathouse European Spring Networking Event, various European Start-up Pitch Nights and other multi-Chamber events. These gatherings are known for their high-quality audience, content and atmosphere.  The 2021 European-American Business Trends Series will be no exception!

LEAP Atlantic—Leaders of European & American Partnerships—includes 20 participating Bi-National European Chambers of Commerce that reach more than 4,000 member companies and tens of thousands of European and American business leaders across the New York area, as well as around the world.

Registration Fee

Free to members; $25 for non-members.

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Free Event: World Trade Week NYC Kick-Off and Keynote Address

Join the New York District Export Council, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and partner organizations for the free kick-off event for World Trade Week in New York City. The keynote speaker this year will be Tony Uphoff, President and CEO of Thomas, the parent company of Thomasnet.com. The title of Mr. Uphoff’s remarks is “The Future of Manufacturing is Here. Now.”

Tony Uphoff is President and CEO of Thomas, the parent company of Thomasnet.com: the leading platform for product sourcing and supplier selection for the Industrial and Manufacturing markets. His career in business information has given him a ring side seat for every major technology transformation of the last 25 years. Tony regularly speaks on the digital transformation of business and the overarching impact technology is having on business management and leadership. In addition to his role at Thomas, Tony also serves as an advisor and board member of several tech and media companies as well as a mentor at Mucker Labs and a Trustee of Linfield College.

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Free Event: European Union Natural Care Products “Coffee Chat”

The European cosmetics and personal care market is the largest in the world, valued at €79.8 billion in retail sales in 2019. With eCommerce opportunities also growing in this industry, the potential for U.S. exporters continues to increase.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a “Coffee Chat” discussing the EU’s natural care, consumer foods and supplements market, as well as eCommerce best practices, plus regulatory and labeling information that you need to know to sell your products into the EU. There is no cost for this event.

What You’ll Learn

  • Information about the European cosmetics and natural personal care product market.

Who Should Attend

  • U.S. companies involved in the cosmetics and natural personal care products industries.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Event: Mexico Natural Care Products “Coffee Chat”

In Mexico, organic and natural personal care products have increasing potential for U.S. exporters due to the international trend toward environmentally-friendly products. Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a “Coffee Chat” discussing Mexico’s natural care products market landscape, as well as regulatory and labeling information to know to sell your products into Mexico.

You will hear directly from the U.S. Commercial Specialist based in Monterrey, Mexico, in addition to a local regulatory expert for goods coming into Mexico. There is no cost for this event.

What You’ll Learn

  • Information about the growing organic and natural personal care product market in Mexico.

Who Should Attend

  • U.S. companies involved in the organic and natural personal care products industry.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Event: Special Virtual Guest Lecture on Women Leadership

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in honor of World Trade Month present a guest lecture on women leadership.

Login and watch keynote speaker, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, speak about how she has helped New York entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses to flourish.

Moderated by Nancy Ploeger, Executive Vice President, International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Awards. Panelists include:

  • Ngozi Okaro, found of Custom Collaborative, selected for Kate Spade and Conscious Company’s World-Changing Women List, and recipient of Gucci Changemakers impact fund.
  • Barbara Barran, founder of Classic Rug Collection and member of the New York District Export Council’s legislative committee.
  • Irina Kapetenakis, Vice President of Succhi Inc., founder of Obscur Intimates, and advisory board member of FIT’s international trade and marketing program.
  • Wendy Shen, CEO, Flomo USA.

FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. It’s known for its rigorous, unique and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation and entrepreneurship. While FIT’s pedagogical mission is to prepare students for professional excellence in design and business, its broader ethos is to foster creativity, inspire leadership, impart a global perspective, and educate students to embrace inclusiveness, commit to sustainability, and engage with community.

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Free Webinar: Skill Building and Hiring Practices During the Pandemic

The New York District Export Council and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) present a free webinar on Skill Building and Hiring Practices During the Pandemic. The panel will focus on building valuable skills, the interview process and networking in the home-based work place.

Join moderator/co-arranger Sonja Chapman, Associate Professor, Department of ITM, at FIT. Panelists include:

  • Esther Murry, Principal Administrative Associate, NYC Department of Finance, Certified Career Couch, and ITM’2012
  • Mathew Prail, Vice President, Human Resources, Golden Touch and Jaclyn Groups
  • Victoria Selig, Marketing and Business Development Assistant, Mallory Group and ITM’2020

FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. It’s known for its rigorous, unique and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation and entrepreneurship. While FIT’s pedagogical mission is to prepare students for professional excellence in design and business, its broader ethos is to foster creativity, inspire leadership, impart a global perspective, and educate students to embrace inclusiveness, commit to sustainability, and engage with community.

This is a free event and no preregistration is required.

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The 2021 Europe Webinar Series: Doing Business in Russia

The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration is providing a series of webinars on France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia. The webinar series will provide an overview of each regional market, opportunities, trends, business opportunities, and key projects with practical advice from European experts.

On Thursday, May 13, join the U.S. Commercial Service for a webinar to learn about current market opportunities and challenges in Russia. Learn from our experts at the American embassy in Moscow and in the private sector who will offer market overviews and practical advice to U.S. exporters looking to do business in Russia. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to do business in Russia.
  • The current economy and market in Russia.
  • How the U.S. Commercial Service can assist your firm with entering or expanding in the Russian market
  • The challenges and opportunities of doing business in Russia with insights from our experts

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who is interest in or currently doing business in Russia.

Registration Fee

$25

Click here to register and for more information.

World Trade Center Atlanta’s World Trade Day Virtual Conference 2021

The World Trade Center Atlanta and Georgia Department of Economic Development, International Trade Division present our 5th Annual World Trade Day Conference on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  This year’s Trade Talk, “Positioning for the New Global Economy – Staying Relevant, Connected and Ready,” will explore how the coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way we approach international trade and what it will take to shift business processes and focus to be ready for growth in a post-COVID-19 world. Reserve May 4th on your calendar and plan to join us and our commitment to global trade!

This historic event will honor the international trade community and your contributions to our region’s economic power. It will convene CEOs, policy-makers, scholars, and thought leaders to discuss today’s most pressing trade issues and opportunities to build a robust regional economy.

In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially proclaimed a national observance for global trade benefits each May in the United States. Since then, each U.S. President has renewed this declaration, asking for communities across the nation for their commitment. The World Trade Center Atlanta, one of 320 centers of international business exchange worldwide, responds to the call with its 5th Annual World Trade Day on May 4th, 2021.

Registration Fee

$79 + $20 to attend the VIP Morning Meet-and-Greet.

$30 off your registration fee if you book before April 20.

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Export Mechanics Webinar Series III: Incoterms

The NCBFAA Educational Institute in cooperation with the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce, invite you to attend a webinar on Incoterms. Learn the most current Incoterms for 2021 and how to best use them for your shipment.  This webinar is for the advanced exporter.

NCBFAA and the Office of Digital Initiatives at the Department of Commerce are working closely together to offer this webinar. It will be hosted on the GoToWebinar platform.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara at nei@ncbfaa.org.

Registration Fee

$25 per person.

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National Association of District Export Councils’ Virtual Annual Export Conference—Day 2

The National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) will bring together distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officials, exporters, service providers, and trade promotion agencies via Zoom. We will discuss the latest news and updates on trade policy, export market opportunities, and the new challenges surrounding the U.S. exporters.

Trade policy updates include vital elements of modern trade agreements, global trade and exporting post COVID-19, US-UK FTA update, and US-Kenya FTA update. Sessions on export opportunities and challenges will address EXIM Bank and SBA programs to assist exporters, virtual Gold Keys and trade shows, DEC partnerships with like-minded organizations, and using DEC resources to further exports: How to get the word out to more SMEs.

Agenda

  • Export Market Opportunities and New Challenges for U.S. Exporters.
    • EXIM Bank and SBA Programs to Assist Exporters
    • Virtual Gold Keys and Trade Shows
  • Trade Policy Updates
    • Vital Elements of Modern Trade Agreements,
    • Global Trade and Exporting Post COVID-19
    • US-UK FTA
    • Opportunities in Africa including the US-Kenya FTA
  • DEC focused programming
    • DEC Partnerships with Like-Minded Organizations
    • Using DEC Resources to further Exports – How to get the word out to more SMEs

Who Should Attend

Registration is open to DEC Members and non-members alike. Attendees will include distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officials, exporters, service providers, and trade promotion agencies. We will also be forwarding an invitation to our new Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo. No promises she’ll attend but we are strongly optimistic.

Registration Fee

Early Bird Registration of $75 is available until 4/15/21.  After 4/15/21, Registration fee increases to $99.

Click here to register and for more information.

National Association of District Export Councils’ Virtual Annual Export Conference—Day 1

The National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) will bring together distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officials, exporters, service providers, and trade promotion agencies via ZOOM. We will discuss the latest news and updates on trade policy, export market opportunities, and the new challenges surrounding the U.S. exporters.

Trade policy updates include vital elements of modern trade agreements, global trade and exporting post COVID-19, US-UK FTA update, and US-Kenya FTA update. Sessions on export opportunities and challenges will address EXIM Bank and SBA programs to assist exporters, virtual Gold Keys and trade shows, DEC partnerships with like-minded organizations, and using DEC resources to further exports: How to get the word out to more SMEs.

Agenda

  • Export Market Opportunities and New Challenges for U.S. Exporters.
    • EXIM Bank and SBA Programs to Assist Exporters
    • Virtual Gold Keys and Trade Shows
  • Trade Policy Updates
    • Vital Elements of Modern Trade Agreements,
    • Global Trade and Exporting Post COVID-19
    • US-UK FTA
    • Opportunities in Africa including the US-Kenya FTA
  • DEC focused programming
    • DEC Partnerships with Like-Minded Organizations
    • Using DEC Resources to further Exports – How to get the word out to more SMEs

Who Should Attend

Registration is open to DEC Members and non-members alike. Attendees will include distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officials, exporters, service providers, and trade promotion agencies. We will also be forwarding an invitation to our new Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo. No promises she’ll attend but we are strongly optimistic.

Registration Fee

Early Bird Registration of $75 is available until 4/15/21.  After 4/15/21, Registration fee increases to $99.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Webinar: An Update on OFAC Sanctions Programs Under the Biden Administration

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions programs based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against targeted countries, organizations and individuals that the United States government deems as a threat to its national security, foreign policy, or economy.

This one-hour webinar provides an introduction to the OFAC programs as well as potential policy changes under the new Biden Administration in regards to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action against Iran, as well as the 2017 law focused on and impacting Russia, Iran and North Korea. It will examine and share lessons learned from recent enforcement actions involving Apple, Amazon, Bitgo, PNG Paribas, Schlumberger, and ZTE, including ZTE’s re-designation for failure to discipline offending employees.

Your instructor, Robert J. Ward, Jr., has more than 32 years of experience as an international trade law attorney having worked for three of the big four consulting firms as well as two Fortune 200 companies and a half dozen Fortune 500 companies. He has served as Chief Compliance Officer for the world’s largest maritime services company as well as for a globally deployed oil and gas telecommunications start-up company.

What You’ll Learn

  • An understanding of the OFAC sanctions programs.
  • Strategies for avoiding the OFAC penalties for compliance failures.
  • How to select proper restricted party screening software and how to best manage potential match resolution.
  • The OFAC reporting requirements when a true match is found.

Who Should Attend

  • Company personnel responsible for legal, audit and compliance activities.
  • Senior managers.
  • International sales professionals.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions.

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Free Webinar: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act—What You Need to Know

You’ve certainly heard of bribes and corruption occurring in the business of international trade, but do you really know the definition of bribery or in how many forms it can come?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was enacted in the United States in 1977 in response to widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies. Beyond bribery, it also sets guidelines for what appropriate recordkeeping and accounting practices, as well as guidelines for maintaining strong internal controls and compliance.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) both have enforcement jurisdiction for the FCPA, and they take this job pretty seriously. From 1977 to present, people who have criminally violated the FCPA have been sentenced to an average of 29 months in prison, and the severity of punishment is on the rise. The largest fine doled out by DOJ was more than $2.6 billion dollars in 2016.

With so much on the line, you really can’t afford not to be aware of the FCPA.

An effective compliance program integrates anti-corruption provisions into all aspects of your company. This webinar will help you understand the basics of the FCPA and how to make sure your company is compliant.

Your instructor, Bailey E. Reichelt, is a U.S. based international trade attorney specializing in regulatory compliance of emerging companies in the aerospace and tech industries. Her expertise includes export controls, anti-corruption laws, foreign direct investment, and defense specific compliance. Other expertise includes corporate structure, U.S. government contracting, and international contracting.

What You’ll Learn

  • Who the FCPA applies to and when.
  • The definition of bribery.
  • Biggest everyday risks for FCPA violations.
  • Recommended best practices
  • Penalties and mitigating factors.

Who Should Attend

  • C-Suite executives for US companies or subsidiaries.
  • Companies seeking to conduct business in the U.S.
  • Compliance managers.
  • Accounting staff.
  • International sales personnel.

Sponsored by the Minnesota District Export Council in partnership with Shipping Solutions.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Webinar: Do Your Products Require an Export License?

Depending on what, where and to whom you are shipping your company’s products, U.S. export regulations may require that you apply for and receive an export license before you can legally ship the goods. While most goods don’t require a license, it is your company’s responsibility to make that determination or potentially face monetary penalties, prohibitions on exporting, or even jail time.

Join Brent Webster, Export Controls Counselor at the Bureau of Industry and Security, as he outlines the steps you must follow to determine if your goods require an export license and the procedures you need to follow if they do. The webinar is free to all interested companies and individuals. It is scheduled to last 90 minutes and includes time for questions from participants.

What You’ll Learn

  • Which U.S. agency has jurisdiction over your products.
  • How to properly classify your products under the Export Administration Regulations.
  • How to use that classification to determine if you need an export license.
  • Export license exceptions.
  • How to apply for an export license.

Who Should Attend

  • C-suite executives for U.S. companies or subsidiaries.
  • Companies seeking to conduct business in the U.S.
  • Compliance managers.
  • Accounting staff.
  • International sales personnel.

Sponsored by the Minnesota District Export Council in partnership with Shipping Solutions.

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Free Webinar: Don’t Let This Happen to You—Avoiding Export Compliance Failures

U.S. export regulations are broad and complex. The penalties for violating these regulations can be significant ranging from fines, bans on exporting, and even jail. Don’t let that happen to you or your company.

This webinar provides an overview of the compliance activities that apply to even the smallest exporters and includes real-world examples of companies that have paid the price for noncompliance.

Join Ross Galow, Special Agent, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and Aaron Tambrini, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Field Office, Bureau of Industry and Security as they outline your responsibilities as an exporter. The webinar is free to all interested companies and individuals. It is scheduled to last 60 minutes and includes time for questions from participants.

What You’ll Learn

  • An overview of U.S. export regulations.
  • Strategies for complying with these regulations.
  • How most violations are reported to BIS.
  • What to do if you discover that your company has committed export violations.

Who Should Attend

  • C-suite executives for U.S. companies or subsidiaries.
  • Companies seeking to conduct business in the U.S.
  • Compliance managers.
  • Account staff.
  • International sales personnel.

Sponsored by the Minnesota District Export Council in partnership with Shipping Solutions.

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Free Webinar: The Importance of Creating an Export Compliance Program

Export compliance is too important to leave to chance. Successful export companies create written export compliance programs (ECP) to help ensure their employees know, understand and comply with regulations in every step of the export process.

A comprehensive ECP reduces the chance of violating export regulations. It gives you a clear plan of how to audit your company’s procedures and processes yourself, so you can identify and address any potential violations before they even surface. And a well-written ECP can substantially reduce penalties if your company violates export regulations, as long as you can document that you regularly follow the written ECP procedures.

Join our speaker from the Export Management & Compliance Division at the Bureau of Industry and Security as they outline the fundamental steps of creating an effective ECP, the importance of getting company leadership to buy into the program, and where to get help in creating your formal plan. The webinar is free to all interested companies and individuals. It is scheduled to last 60 minutes and includes time for questions from participants.

What You’ll Learn

  • The components of a strong Export Compliance Program.
  • How to get started creating an ECP.
  • How to get a BIS review of your written plan.
  • How to get buy-in from your senior management team for the program.

Who Should Attend

  • Export compliance management and staff.
  • C-suite executives for U.S. companies or subsidiaries.
  • International sales personnel.
  • International logistics personnel.

Sponsored by the Minnesota District Export Council in partnership with Shipping Solutions.

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Free Webinar: Why You Should Start Invoicing In Foreign Currencies

Do you know the benefits of quoting and invoicing your international customers in their local currency?

Join Andrew Woelflein, chief strategy officer at Tempus, as he discusses the various competitive and strategic advantages for exporters quoting and invoicing in multiple currencies, and how to get started.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why it’s more convenient for your export customers when you invoice in their home currency.
  • How invoicing in your customers’ local currencies makes you more competitive.
  • How invoicing in foreign currencies can protect your company’s profit margins.
  • How to get started with invoicing in foreign currencies.

Who Should Attend

  • Accounts receivable staff responsible for international receivables.
  • Finance professionals who oversee all financial functions.
  • International sales staff.
  • International logistic coordinators.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and Tempus.

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Free Webinar: Classifying Your Products for Importing and Exporting

If your company is involved in importing or exporting, you need to know how to properly classify your products under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) or the Schedule B. Failure to do so properly can trigger audits, long delays in shipping, and substantial financial penalties.

Join Robert P. Imbriani for this 90-minute webinar as he guides you through the Harmonized System so you understand when to use the HTSUS versus Schedule B, how to select the proper codes, and how to use this understanding to take advantage of free trade agreements and potential product modifications that could save your company a substantial amount of money.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the Harmonized System and when to use the Harmonized Tariff Schedule or Schedule B.
  • Master the General Rules of Interpretation, General Notes, and Trade Preference Provisions to correctly classify your imports for advantageous duty rates while avoiding fines and other regulatory compliance problems.
  • Learn how product modification, trade agreements, and preference programs can reduce duty paid.
  • Learn how to obtain classification ruling from U.S. Customs and Border Protection or other government agencies.
  • Learn what tools are out there to assist with your classification process.

Who Should Attend

  • Importers and exporters and their staff who are involved in purchasing, traffic, logistics, coordination with customs brokers, export document preparation, or EEI filings.
  • Customs brokerage personnel looking to expand their knowledge.
  • International freight forwarders seeking a better understanding of the import-export process.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and NASBITE International.

Click here to register now and for more information.

Free Webinar: Filing Your Electronic Export Information through AESDirect

The majority of exports from the United States require exporters to file their Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) now located on the Automated Customs Environment (ACE) portal. Failing to file or filing incorrect information can mean significant fines and penalties.

Even in routed export transactions where the foreign principal party in interest is responsible for ensuring the EEI gets filed, exporters are required to provide 10 important data elements so the proper information gets submitted.

Experts Robert P. Imbriani and Lisa Nemer demonstrate the proper way to submit your EEI to AESDirect on the ACE portal.

What You’ll Learn

  • The requirements for filing on the ACE platform.
  • Who is responsible for filing.
  • When you need to file.
  • The proper data elements you need to file.
  • Changes made to filings.
  • How to correct a filing.
  • How to file when an export license, exemption or exception is used.
  • What steps to take if a freight forwarder files on your behalf.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone in your company who is responsible for filing.
  • Anyone who coordinates with a freight forwarder who files on your behalf or on behalf of the buyer.
  • NASBITE Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) earn 1 CEU for participating.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and NASBITE International.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Webinar: Incoterms® 2020 In Practice

You may already know the definitions of the 11 Incoterms 2020 rules, but do you know when to use them? This one-hour webinar not only gives you an understanding of the definitions, it gives you actual examples of how to use each of the international commercial terms to your advantage in your purchase orders, sales agreements, and letters of credit.

As a seller, do you know which terms you should use if your shipment requires an export license and/or relies on a letter of credit to get paid? As a buyer, do you understand when to use certain terms based on the origin of the goods and other important considerations?

Make sure you’re using the right Incoterms 2020 rule at the right time. Join Robert P. Imbriani on Thursday, May 6, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm CDT to learn answers to these and other important questions. It could save you a lot of headaches!

What You’ll Learn

  • Background of Incoterms rules.
  • Relationship between Incoterms and payment terms.
  • What’s new with Incoterms 2020.
  • Whether you can still use Incoterms 2010 (or even earlier sets of terms).
  • Responsibilities of each term.
  • Application of the various terms in international transactions.

Who Should Attend

  • International trade professionals.
  • Purchasing agents.
  • International sales teams.
  • International contracts personnel.
  • Logistics and transportation personnel.
  • International finance personnel.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and NASBITE International.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Webinar: Creating an International Sales Contract

It doesn’t matter if you are the buyer or the seller—the importer or the exporter—you need a written sales contract for your international transactions. This 75-minute webinar tells you why.

You can’t complete an international sale without two basic steps: an offer from the buyer and an acceptance by the seller. Those two actions constitute a sales contract. But what exactly are you agreeing to? Without a written contract agreed upon by both parties, you can end up in a “battle of the forms.” What takes precedence—the exporter’s quotation or the importer’s purchase order.

On Friday, May 7, at 12:00 pm CDT, attorney and licensed customs broker Jack Shelton explains the fundamentals of a sales contract including why you need a written contract, what laws govern the contract, and which of the terms and conditions on each of those forms takes precedence over the others.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why you need a written contract.
  • How to choose the governing law of your sales contract.
  • How to create a sales contract.
  • Who wins in the battle of the forms under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
  • The terms and conditions that should be negotiated by the buyer and the seller and included in the sales contract.
  • Incoterms® 2020 rules and how they apply to your transaction.

Who Should Attend

  • Owners and members of the corporate C-Suite of companies engaged in international trade.
  • International purchasing agents and their managers.
  • International sales representatives and their managers.
  • Your company’s legal team.
  • International logistics personnel.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and Aegis Trade Law, LLC.

Click here to register and for more information.

Free Webinar: Chambers of Commerce and Certificates of Origin

In addition to building a community based on geography, industry or other commonalities, chambers of commerce offer important services that facilitate export transactions such as educational seminars and workshops, networking events, international trade missions, and certificate of origin validation. This 45-minute webinar tells you about the important role chambers of commerce play in the export process, including validating certificates of origin for exports.

Join Wendy Baggett, Certificate of Origin expert and member of the World Chambers Federation CO Council, as she discusses the different roles of a chamber, and Lisa Nemer, Vice President of Shipping Solutions, as she demonstrates procedures for creating an electronic certificate of origin for your export shipments.

What You’ll Learn

  • The role and authority of a chamber of commerce, including certificates of origin.
  • The international customs verification and accreditation chain.
  • How to create an electronic certificate of origin.
  • The guidelines for creating and using a certificate of origin in your exports.

Who Should Attend

  • Everyone at your company involved in international business development and sales.
  • Everyone involved with creating export paperwork.
  • Anyone whose role it is to work with a chamber of commerce, whether or not that includes certificates of origin.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions.

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Free Webinar: Expanding Your Exports with Trade Finance Tools

Learn how the proper trade finance tools can help you expand your exports in this free webinar.

Join expert Laurie Wolff, CGBP, as she identifies the risks to your business that arise from international trade and the tools and resources available to manage those risks. Along with those extra risks come extra opportunities, because governments provide special assistance to firms seeking to grow their exports.

In addition, David Leonard, an Export Finance Manager with the Small Business Administration, answers specific questions about SBA trade finance products.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why foreign exchange rates matter, why they fluctuate and how to manage that risk.
  • Why risk increases when your buyer is in a foreign market, and what you can do to ensure you get paid.
  • How you can help your foreign buyer get loans to pay for your products.
  • How you can get funds to expand your business based on expanding exporting.

Who Should Attend 

  • Anyone in your company who manages payment risk.
  • Anyone who obtains funds for expansion.
  • Anyone interested in attracting new customers with competitive payment terms.
  • NASBITE Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) earn one CEU for participating.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and NASBITE International.

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Free Webinar: Small Business Export Assistance Programs

Learn how small business export assistance programs can help your company grow its exports while reducing risk.

Join expert Jim Foley, CGBP, in this free, one-hour webinar, as he shares the many programs and resources your small business can utilize to grow export sales.

What You’ll Learn

  • Which states offer partial reimbursement for costs associated with exhibiting at a foreign trade show.
  • How the U.S. government assists in both finding potential trade partners in a country and confirming their viability.
  • How to determine, at no cost, top potential export markets by obtaining export statistics of products in your industry.
  • How to access local, state and federal trade specialists available to help answer your exporting questions at no cost.

Who Should Attend

  • Everyone at your company involved in international business development and sales.
  • Anyone involved in international trade finance.
  • NASBITE Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) earn 1 CEU for participating.

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and NASBITE International.

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Free Webinar: Understanding the Inland Bill of Lading

The Inland Bill of Lading is the most important document used in transporting your goods.

Depending on how the Inland Bill of Lading is used and prepared, it serves as:

  • A receipt by the carrier for the goods being transported;
  • The contract for carriage in the absence of an individually negotiated contract between a shipper and a carrier; and/or
  • Evidence of ownership of the goods being transported in ocean shipments.

Your speaker, Brent Wm. Primus, J.D., is Senior Editor of TransportLawTexts, Inc. Brent is an active member of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Association of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy. He has also served as President of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Association of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy. He has also lectured and presented seminars to local and national organizations on litigation and transportation topics. The Transportation Consumer Protection Council has named Brent Transportation Lawyer of the Year.

What You’ll Learn

  • Basic functions of a bill of lading.
  • Critical differences between a bill of lading and an individually negotiated contract.
  • An understanding of the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) Uniform Bill of Lading.
  • Variations in bills of lading used in inland transportation.

Who Should Attend

  • Shippers, 3PLs, and carrier personnel
  • Cargo claim professionals
  • Insurance industry representatives
  • Attorneys

Sponsored by Shipping Solutions and TransportLawTexts.com.

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