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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.

The University of Iowa Institute for International Business will present the International Entrepreneurship Summit in Iowa City on April 13 from 12:30 - 6:00 pm.  This summit will be Haiti focused and include speakers, a board panel, and breakout groups. This event offers prominent speakers and experts from different parts of the world a platform to showcase the entrepreneurial opportunities that exist in their countries or their region of the world to Iowa companies, organizations and entrepreneurs.  Details and registration are available at

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University has posted their spring 2018 activities at  Events include: Apr 17: Film In This Corner of the World / Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (original title), Apr 30: Career talk on internationally related post-graduate opportunities, and May 2: Film Spirit’s Homecoming / Gwi-hiyang (original title). 

The Midwest International Trade Association (MITA) will host Import Tariff Changes and Ocean Carrier Consolidation: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly in Omaha on April 19 from 8:00-11:30 am. Speakers Pete Mento, Vice President Global Trade and Managed Services, Crane Worldwide and Bruce Chilton, Vice President of Trade Management, Marisol International will discuss the impacts and what the future holds as a result of these evolving changes. The recent ocean carrier consolations have had a major impact on the transport of goods and what impacts will the announced steel and aluminum tariff changes have going forward.  Details and registration available at  

Northwest Iowa Development in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority will host Going Global? Resources Today on May 24 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.  Registration begins at 8:00 am.  Morning topics include Export Overview from a Corporate Perspective, INCOTERMS® 2010, Importance of Distributor Agreements and Trade Finance Solutions.  The luncheon topic is NAFTA Trends and will be followed by Global Iowa Export Award presentation by Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg (invited).  The afternoon program includes resource tables with providers Cozen O’Connor, International Trade Office - Iowa Economic Development Authority, Northwest Iowa Development, Scarbrough International and Trade Acceptance Group Ltd.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn or update your knowledge of export basics, and network with valuable resource providers to expand your organization’s international capabilities.  Cost $25 per person and includes all materials, continental breakfast, breaks and lunch.  Details and a registration link are available at  

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and partners will host ExporTech™  - An Export Acceleration System for Achieving Profitable Growth in the Des Moines area this summer.  ExporTech is a structured export strategy development process that connects manufacturers with experts who help them develop plans to grow their businesses internationally.  The process is geared toward small and medium-sized manufacturers who have done some exporting and are looking to grow their export sales or who are just beginning to export their products.  A small group of executives from each company attends three one-day group workshops stretched over a three-month period. Workshop dates are July 10, August 14 and September 11.  A fourth follow-up implementation session takes place on-site at each company’s home office.  Strategy coaches are assigned to each company throughout the process to assist company leaders and connect them to individual subject matter experts.  To learn more about ExporTech, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.eduor 563-221-1596.  STEP grants are available for eligible companies to offset up to 75% of the registration fee.  Contact Lisa Longman at for information. 


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  Discover 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 Drop Shipments, Returns/Repairs, and NAFTA Documentation - Hosted by Catherine Petersen and NAFTA from the Canadian Perspective - Hosted by Canadian Consulate General Paul Connors.  The forum is offered on site in Sioux Falls or via live-stream webinar on May 1 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Details and registration are available at

The National Grain and Feed Association and the Soy Transportation Coalition host the Ag Transportation Summit in Arlington, VA, July 25-26. The 2018 Summit will focus on "Connecting Growing Supply with Growing Demand" and feature panels highlighting port and rail issues, speakers from USDA and STB, and several innovation sessions focusing on new and emerging technologies.  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


Scarbrough University is offering a Webinar: Incoterms® 2010 on April 18 at 1:30 pm.  This is a question/answer forum. Join shipping expert and Corporate Operations Manager, Alyson Schroer, to learn about the basics of Incoterms® 2010. Find out what terms are the best to buy on or ship on. Free registration available at

The South Dakota International Trade Center is hosting Drop Shipments, Returns/Repairs, and NAFTA Documentation - Hosted by Catherine Petersen and NAFTA from the Canadian Perspective - Hosted by Canadian Consulate General Paul Connors.  The forum is offered on site in Sioux Falls or via live-stream webinar on May 1 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Details and registration are available 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.  Upcoming sessions include Letters of Credit April 10, US Harmonized Tariff Classification Numbers May 8, and Duty Drawback and Refunds June 12

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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