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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.


UNIBusiness Global Trade Issues Conference, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, UNI Commons, 8:30-1PM.  The free of charge, one-day conference sponsored by John Deere offers information for Iowans doing business internationally.  There will be four international speakers from industry and time to network.  Please contact Chris Schrage for registration information

Registration is open at 

Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises, Inc. will return to the Midwest in November for a series of international trainings.  He will present in Omaha on November 6 and in Ankeny on November 7 and 8.

Export Compliance 201:  Understand the six ways to export/import duty free, country of origin, exporting samples, warranties, replacements, Customs valuations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and more.  November 6 in Omaha, registration is open here:

EXPORT COMPLIANCE TRAINING: One day seminar focused on due diligence, denial lists, export documentation, filing of the EEI, NAFTA basics, etc.  November 7 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa.  If you are involved with international exports, this class if for you!  Space is limited, and registration is open at:

INTRODUCTION TO HTS/SCHEDULE B CLASSIFICATION on November 8.  Learn General Rules of Interpretation (GRI), Schedule B and HTS Number, CROSS – Customs Ruling Online Search System, roles of customs brokers, freight forwarders and importer/exporter of record.  This class is for anyone who is involved with international shipments.  Space is limited, and registration is open at:


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

First National Bank of Omaha is conducting an International Banking Workshop Series during the month of October.  These half-day seminars will cover the topics of:  International Payments (October 10), Letters of Credit (October 17), International Business Concerns (October 24) and Intellectual Property Rights (October 31).  For Registration or any questions, please go to:

Import & Export Training, October 16, 2018 in Kansas City by Scarbrough.  This all-day training will spend the morning on importing, the afternoon on exporting.  Topics include the do’s and don’t’s of importing and exporting, import transportation process, HTS Classification, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Best Incoterms to buy and sell on, Export transportation process, export compliance and documentation. Register here:

Export Training, October 18, 2018 in St. Louis by Scarbrough.  This half-day training will include the top 10 most common exporting mistakes, export transportation process, export compliance and documentation and best Incoterms to sell on.  Register here:•-saint-louis/

Mid-America Trade Summit hosted by the MU International Trade Center, November 14-15, 2018.  The fast-paced, high-touch format provides exporters, trade assistance providers and educators with direct access to high-level networking and shared-learning opportunities designed to guide export expansion.  For more information and to register:

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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