Building Blocks of International Trade


This hybrid course is intended for new employees, employees with new roles, management, and executives who currently Import/Export in their business or plan to import/export and would like an overview and understanding of the trade and customs compliance requirements. 

International Trade Fundamentals Course. 

This International Trade course is intended to provide a fundamental overview of international trade compliance for both import and export transactions.  This is a great way to build a foundation towards understanding what it takes to import products, ship products globally, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirements. 

This course is brought to you by Global Training Center (GTC), the leader in International Trade and Customs Compliance education with over 30 years of training experience to the trade community.   

Please note:  This course is NOT intended to help individuals start an Import/Export business. This course covers rules and practical issues that arise from importing and exporting merchandise and not the marketing, sources, purchasing, or otherwise business functions of starting a physical business or e-commerce store. 

What is a Hybrid Course?

A hybrid course, also known as blended course, is a combination of viewing a recorded course and then meeting with an instructor, via web-based online learning, for discussions and Q&A.

How long is the course?

The International Trade course will run for 4 weeks starting on November 8 (skipping Thanksgiving week), and will include the following each week:

  1. Attendee is responsible for viewing a short video (45-90 minutes) prior to Wednesday of that week.
  2. On Wednesday 2pm Central Time, attend a 2 hour webinar with live instructor for discussion of video (step 1) and for Q&A.
  3. Attendee will take exam on the topics discussed.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for 3 weeks.


      • $1295 per person
      • 4 Week Course
      • Recorded Videos (45-90 minutes)
      • Weekly Live Webinar (2 hrs)
      • Exams


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Building Blocks of International Trade Course Agenda

Recorded Video (own time)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Central Time) – Webinar Wednesdays
Exam (own time)
1 Week of November 8, 2021 – Foundation of Trade Compliance
  1. Logistics/Modes of Transportation
  2. Service Providers
  3. Documents for International Transaction
  4. Harmonized Tariff
  5. Valuation
  6. Recordkeeping
2 Week of November 15, 2021 – Importing to United States
  1. Entry of Merchandise
  2. Types of Entry
  3. Enforcement & Penalties
  4. Customs
  5. Duties, taxes, & fees
3 Week of November 29, 2021 – Exporting to United States
  1. Export Order Process
  2. Export Controls
  3. Packing/Packaging
  4. Insurance
  5. Reporting the Export
  6. Penalties
  7. Recordkeeping
4 Week of December 6, 2021 – General Trade Compliance
  1. ACE
  2. Security
  3. Incoterms
  4. Free Trade Agreements
  5. Country of Origin
  6. Risk Assessment
  7. Getting Paid
  8. Contracts & Dispute Resolution
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