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.

The Midwest International Trade Association (MITA) will host Resources and Support to Build your International Business in Omaha on January 18 from 8:00-11:30 am. Speakers include Catherine Lang, State Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center, University of Nebraska-Omaha; Josh Nichol-Caddy, Export and Market Research Analyst, Nebraska Business Development Center; Michael Nagle, Interim Director, Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership - UNL; Cobus Block, International Trade Representative, Department of Economic Development; and Melanie Krings, Executive Director, UNO Executive MBA Program and Executive Management Education Programs.  Details and registration available at

The Eastern Iowa Chapter of the International Traders of Iowa (ITI) will host 2017 Tax Reform Legislation for Global Business at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance on February 8 from 2:30-4:00 pm. Jim Loizeaux, J.D., CPA with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP will present.  Details and registration are available at

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will present a Complying with U.S. Export Controls seminar at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, April 4-5, 2018. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Commercial Service, Iowa District Export Council and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  The two-day program is led by BIS’s professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the

Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. Presenters will conduct “hands-on” exercises to prepare and teach participants how to apply the regulations to company export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of obligations under the EAR . Technical, policy, and enforcement professionals from BIS, as well as specialists from other agencies such as the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Bureau of Census will participate in certain programs. Details and registration are available at


The U.S. Commercial Service continues their national series of Discover Global Markets business development conferences to help U.S. companies identify and win new business in the international marketplace.  Each event features visiting U.S. Commercial Diplomats.  An event calendar is available at Global Markets Design + Construct will be held in Kansas City April 30 - May 2.  Details and registration available at

The South Dakota International Trade Center is hosting The Importance of Sales Terms - Incoterms® and Letters of Credit - A Very Viable Payment Term on February 28.  The forum is offered on site in Sioux Falls or via live-stream webinar.  The morning Incoterms® session is presented by Roy Becker and the afternoon Letters of Credit session by Laura Pedersen, both former international bankers and frequent instructors.  Details and registration are available at

The Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) has posted its FY18 schedule for seminars and trainings on U.S. export controls at

UPCOMING WEBINARS: posts a wide variety of upcoming webinars at  Topics include export planning and strategy, documentation and regulation, and country/market specific.  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.  Upcoming sessions include Export Administration Regulations January 9, Export Licenses February 13, ECCN Classification Numbers March 9, Letters of Credit April 10, US Harmonized Tariff Classification Numbers May 8, and Duty Drawback and Refunds June 12.

Scarbrough University is offering a Webinar: Benefiting from ATA Carnet on January 17 at 1:30 pm.  Join us with experts from Roanoke and Scarbrough as they talk about how your company can save money and benefit from ATA Carnets.  Carnets facilitate temporary imports into foreign countries and re-importation into the U.S.   Free registration available at

Scarbrough University is offering a Webinar: Doing Business with Mexico on February 7 at 1:30 pm.  Learn from expert and native from Mexico on how to conduct business with companies in Mexico, whether you’re in the manufacturing, wholesale, or distribution industry. Submit questions about specific commodities and specific instances! Learn about the culture and expectations in each region, the industry sectors, and more.  Free registration available at

Scarbrough University is offering a Webinar: Doing Business with Brazil on March 7 at 1:30 pm.  Experts from Scarbrough and the Managing Director of the Brazil Office with the MO Dept of Economic Development will discuss Brazilian culture & industry sectors, How to market to Brazil, How to gain entry to Brazilian Markets, Popular business opportunities, Export documentation and the Brazilian entry process.  Free registration available at

Scarbrough University is offering a Webinar: What you need to know about Domestic Shipping on February 21 at 1:30 pm.  Do you already speak international shipping, but don’t speak Domestic yet? Join us with Domestic Shipping experts and learn about the basics of domestic shipping including types of equipment, best practices, what to look out for, new regulations, and more.  Free registration available at

Scarbrough University is offering a Webinar: Mexico Shipping Process - Northbound and Southbound on March 21 at 1:30 pm.  This is a question/answer forum. Learn from Scarbrough experts on the Mexico shipping process both northbound and southbound. Submit your questions ahead of time or via live chat options during the webinar.  Free registration available 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 AESDirect Demonstration on December 5. 

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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