Import

Topics for U.S. Importers

Worry free because your customs broker handles your imports? Think again! Do you know that you are ultimately responsible for the compliance of your imports? It is critical that you understand what your broker should be doing, so that you can make sure they are doing their job. Importations should be reported in a timely manner and proper documentation is essential. Do you receive import documents from your broker for your required record keeping? Your broker should not be classifying your products. Engineers should be involved in classifying goods. Improper classification may lead to overpaying tariffs or worse to penalties and fines for underpaying! Do you understand the Incoterms being used on your orders? When does risk transfer from seller to buyer?  What is due diligence?  So many procedures and regulations to learn.

It can be overwhelming, but we are here to help!  Global Training Center has been assisting importers and exporters for over 28 years. We take complex topics and make them easy to understand. GTC instructors have real-world experience.  They have been in your shoes and can relate to your issues. Below we have listed our Import courses and import related courses.  Click on the heading to read more information on a selected course. Please note, some of these courses are for both importers and exporters.  Click to See Video

Import Documentation & Procedures Course. Too often importers expect their brokers to do all of the work when it comes to the importing process. Unfortunately, the broker is NOT a tax advisor. Any errors they make could result in penalties for you, the importer. Learn the key compliance elements of importing, classification, valuation, country of origin duty payment and record keeping. Learn also how to decipher those cryptic forms your broker supplies to you.

Advanced Import Compliance – Import 201. As an experienced importer your company has a grasp on the basic procedures to manage the importation of your goods into the U.S. It seems, however, that is all you do, manage the process. Despite your best efforts, the process doesn’t appear to get any better. You experience the same old errors and delays at the border and the specter of a Customs audit or other Customs enforcement is looming on the horizon. Perhaps your company is already an advanced importer yet U.S. CBP has designated you for an audit. How do you prepare for that audit? Better yet, what could you do to strengthen and prepare your company to withstand the scrutiny of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, regardless of the audit or enforcement form they use?

International Logistics Course. Learn how to select and manage your freight forwarder, carrier, and customs broker. Take the fear out of international shipping. This class is the perfect overview of the transportation process—whether you’re shipping by ocean or air. Learn the steps you need to follow to move your products affordably, securely and within budget. Learn to control your international shipments by directly coordinating your documents with transportation rules and procedures. Review the air and ocean transportation & documentation process.

International Letters of Credit Course. Imagine not getting paid for your international sale! Unfortunately, it does happen. Learn to fully comply with Letters of Credit requirements to ensure that you receive payment for your shipments. Get involved in the set-up process, learn the basic terminology and significance of various documents, and learn how to prevent and handle discrepancies. Everyone involved in the international sale should learn about the Letters of Credit requirements. This will ensure that you receive payment for your shipments, get paid faster and lower bank fees.

Tariff Classification Course using HTSUS and Schedule B. This class is for importers and exporters. Tariff classification and valuation of goods must be done correctly for a successful international trade transaction. If you classify or value your products incorrectly, your shipment may not reach its destination, and/or you may be subjected to severe penalties. You will also learn how to determine whether goods are subject to quotas, restraints, embargoes or other restrictions. This course will give you the tools you need to properly classify your imported and exported goods.

Are you claiming NAFTA? Learn whether your product should be shipped under the NAFTA Rules. Learn the rules to qualify and classify your goods under the NAFTA Agreement and review in detail the NAFTA Certificate of Origin Document. This seminar prepares a company for shipping into Mexico and Canada under the NAFTA rules, correctly complete and maintain the proper documentation to take advantage of the reduced tariffs under NAFTA.


Does your staff understand the “terms of sale” of your international transactions? It is critical to comprehend the seller and buyer’s rights and obligations with respect to the shipping or transportation of goods. Take this class to understand who is responsible for insurance and when transfer of risk moves from the Seller to the Buyer. Learn the different meaning between domestic and international terms. One of our most popular courses!

So now that you have learned the Incoterms basics, you want to take this class to learn which term is the best fit for your company and how to maximize your profit! A level II class on the application of Incoterms® Rules in purchases and sales. Course will review the strategy and tactics of negotiating the minimization of landed cost and the maximization of profit from both perspectives purchasing and salesIMPORTANT: This course will focus on ‘most commonly used trade terms’, which would be terms for goods shipped in a container.

Need CTPAT training? Want to help protect your Supply Chain? Excellent class if you are considering CTPAT certification, preparing for re-validation or need to educate your group on your current CTPAT program. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. Note that this class is not associated with or approved by CBP, DHS, or the U.S. Government.

The automotive industry faces challenges when manufacturing and shipping products globally. With different trade agreements, duties, and regulations, it can become a big effort to keep up with the trade compliance challenges. Begin with a solid foundation with properly classified products to ensure correct duties and preferential duty programs such as NAFTA.

We just added a review of what is coming with USMCA! North America is one of the largest producers of light and medium duty vehicles in the world. The automotive industry in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are highly dependent on trade within the region. NAFTA allows manufacturers to remain competitive in a global market of competitors. This course takes a look at the different requirements, documentation and qualification procedures for your automotive products.

Country of Origin Determination, how do you get it right? Country of Origin is a key part of Free Trade Agreements! This course will help you understand the Rules of Origin for determining the Country of Origin. Why is it important? Class will cover Kyoto Convention World Customs Organization. What is “Substantial Transformation” for U.S. Customs Regulations.

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