World Trade Month is coming in May and with it a number of government, private and public organizations are hosting events celebrating the importance of international trade to the U.S. economy and teaching people how to begin and grow their exports. The theme for this year’s World Trade Month Association website is “Growing Exports in Uncertain Times.”

The Association is publishing a calendar of these events on its website. Sign up now to receive free email updates about these events.

There are more than two dozen events already listed on the World Trade Month calendar. Most of the events are free, and the rest have nominal cost. Because of the global pandemic, all of these events are being held online, giving you the opportunity to attend the events that would normally be too far away to attend.

World Trade Month Events

This year’s events include a number of interesting topics:

  • A series of four webinars outlining U.S. compliance responsibilities—The Importance of Creating an Export Compliance Program, Don’t Let This Happen to You: Avoiding Export Compliance Failures, Do Your Products Require an Export License, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What You Need to Know.
  • Two webinars examining potential to U.S. trade regulations under the new Biden Administration—An Update on U.S. Trade Remedies and OFAC Sanctions Law Update Under the New Biden Administration.
  • A review of the fairly new Incoterms 2020 and the appropriate use of each of the 11 international trade terms.
  • Strategies for using the Harmonized System codes to properly classify your products for importing and exporting.
  • Instructions for filing the required electronic export information through AESDirect hosted on Customs and Border Protection’s ACE portal.
  • A number of webinars designed to help you grow your exports by utilizing organizations like the EXIM Bank, Chambers of Commerce, and various U.S. government small business export assistance programs.
  • Webinars that explain how to properly create and use common documents required in international trade, such as international sales contracts and bills of lading.
  • And much more.

Organizations sponsoring World Trade Month events in May can add them to the events calendar by completing the registration form on the World Trade Month Association website. All submissions are subject to review and approval by the association. There is no charge for the listing.

World Trade Month was first celebrated in 1927 by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made it a national observance in 1935. (Click here for a more complete history of World Trade Month.)