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International Education Calendar

This International Education Calendar is a compilation of export/import education events in Iowa and surrounding areas.

An import/export event calendar is also available at IASourceLink  an online resource connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to more than 300 resource providers across Iowa.


September 10, 2019 – registration is now open for the International Documentation Training presented by Mr. Mike Allocca.  If you’re involved in international exports, this training is for you!  Topics include understanding how to correctly fill out commercial invoices, packing lists, bills of lading, dock receipts and Electronic Export Information, why to use a DCS statement, legalization of documents, NAFTA Certificates of Origin and more.  Register soon before it sells out!

Duty Avoidance & Recovery Strategies on October 10, 2019 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  Join U.S. Customs and International Trade Expert Adam Hill of Scarbrough International to learn about legal strategies to avoid or recover duty paid to U.S. Customs.   He will discuss duty drawback, product exclusion and exemptions, foreign trade zones, free trade agreements, the generalized system of preference, and Section 232, 301 or any other future tariffs.  Register today at:

INCOTERMS® 2020, October 17, 2019.  The IEDA International Trade Office and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance are pleased to host Mr. Frank Reynolds who will provide a timely and informative update on the new INCOTERMS® 2020, which will be implemented later this year.  Mr. Reynolds is a leading authority on the subject and represented the United States during the 2000, 2010 and 2020 revisions.  Registration is available at

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Seminar, November 20, 2019 – Greater Des Moines Partnership.  A Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) is a zone authorized as exempt from many regular U.S. Customs rules and regulations.  Mr. Scott S. Taylor will be giving an overview of “FTZ 101”, alternative site framework, activation process, production authority process and more at this informative session.  Register today at:


The Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) has posted its FY19 schedule for seminars and trainings on U.S. export controls at 

UPCOMING WEBINARS: hosts free on-line export training at Export-U2  Topics include export planning and strategy, documentation and regulation, and resources.  The U.S. Commercial Service is collaborating with the National Customs Brokers Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute to present an exporting mechanics webinar series. 

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) posts upcoming webinars and events on topics addressing how U.S. exporters can access financial products that protect against foreign buyer nonpayment and increase competitive positioning in foreign markets at  Past recorded webinars can be found at

The Department of State’s Direct Line program provides a unique opportunity for American businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly via teleconference with U.S. Ambassadors overseas. The program is open to American companies, which are already in the country where the Ambassador serves, or which are interested in expanding their businesses into those countries. There is a calendar of calls at and businesses can sign up for alerts. 

The U.S. Census Bureau's International Trade Management Division has archived their in-depth webinar series, The Fundamentals of Exporting, which provides the tools necessary for a strong foundation in the fundamentals of exporting. Topics include trade data, export regulations, electronic export reporting FTZs and much more. Webinars are available at Their Outreach, Education and Training site at offers webinars and presentations on various topics including ACE. 

Food Export-Midwest offers a variety of programs and services to help grow exports of value-added food and agricultural products including a series of educational webinars. These webinars focus on various export topics such as:  How to Become Export Ready; Putting Free Trade Agreements to Work for You, along with country-specific webinars, preparing for meetings, fraud, and a series on accessing the Food Export’s various programs available to Iowa food companies.  Webinars and recorded webinars are complimentary to interested individuals at   They also offer some country profiles on their web site at


See the Educational Resources section in IEDA’s online Trade Resources at for a list of government agencies, publishers, service providers and private training companies who provide training, resource materials, webinars and/or newsletters on a regular basis.


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