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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.


Market Research Tolls Class and Growth Road Show with CIRAS on March 27 & 28, 2019 in Clive.  This two-day event is a hands-on class aimed at teaching Iowa manufacturers the skills necessary to develop their own market research.  Topics covered will include competitive intelligence, prospect list generation, market analysis, and more.  Register now at:

The International Traders of Iowa present a Local Exporter Spotlight: Highway Equipment in Cedar Rapids.  Learn about the company, tour the facility, and enjoy dinner with other international exporters and local businesses.  March 20, 2019 at 5:30PM.  Join the tour at:

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events organized by MITA:

"Entering into New Markets" - March 21, 2019

"Meeting/Tour - Lincoln (TBA)" - April 18, 2019

"MITA's World Trade Conference" - May 22, 2019

September 10, 2019 – save the date for an export compliance seminar by Mr. Mike Allocca in Des Moines, sponsored by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s International Trade Office.

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.  Registration coming soon.


“Trump Administration Trade Actions Update – Steel, Aluminum, and China Product Duties” & “USMCA (NASFTA 2.0)” presented by South Dakota’s International Trade Center on March 21, 2019.  Join in person or via webinar.  Registration available at:

“Duty Avoidance & Recovery Strategies” - 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. 

April 11, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri:

April 24, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri:

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


Global Internet Marketing Webinar Series, a four-part series presented by CIRAS in April and May 2019.  This series is designed to help Iowa companies get started and/or get better at creating an internet marketing strategy that will successfully attract global customers.

Part 1: Marketing Message for Global Internet Marketing, April 23, 2019

Part 2: International Search Engine Optimization, April 30, 2019

Part 3: How to Find Global Customers, May 7, 2019

Part 4: International Marketing Translation, May 14, 2019

Register now at: 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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