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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.


"MITA's World Trade Conference" - May 22, 2019.  This year the Midwest international Trade Association will be hosting the World Trade Conference.  Attendees will hear from several speakers on a variety of topics including trade updates and current international hot topics from industry exports on USMCA, local export success stories, and more.  Register here:

Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp, June 25 & 26, 2019.  Sponsored and presented by CIRAS at Iowa State, this is a great place to learn about and discus your options on all the elements make up Internet Marketing.  You'll learn from 5 experts that will help you understand how you can improve your marketing through the web.  Register here:

September 10, 2019 – save the date for a seminar by Mr. Mike Allocca in Des Moines, organized by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s International Trade Office.  Mr. Allocca is an internationally recognized trainer on export operations, compliance and more.  This year will be focused on International Documentation training.  Registration coming soon!

“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.

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.  Save the date in Cedar Rapids!


May 7, 2019 - Export Compliance 101: Exporting refresher course hosted by the South Dakota International Trade Office.  Mike Allocca will present this hands-on training program that is ideal for exporters of all experience levels.  You will walk away that day with a better understanding of the regulations and specific tools on how to begin building a secure and compliant export program.  The course is available on-site or via webinar. Participate onsite or through webinar: 

May 8, 2019 - Export Compliance 201:  Continuing with Exports hosted by the South Dakota International Trade Office.  Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to export/import for your company? Mr. Mike Allocca will present this program to help you be in full compliance with a whole host of US export/import regulations.  Participate on-site or through webinar:

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.  All seminars will be recorded and available to registered participants – still time to register!

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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