Dates March 25 - 26, 2015
Federal Reserve Bldg - 1600 East Warren Ave. Detroit MI 48207
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Price 2-Day Seminar Package (Regular) - $495

NAFTA + 3 New FTAs only (Regular) - $275

International Documentation Training (Regular) - $275

Hosted by East Michigan District Export Council
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*Available for a 50% STEP grant re-reimbursement through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) .

Please note that the NAFTA + 3 New FTA’s and the International Documentation Training program will be available either as standalone programs or as part of a combination package.

Introduction to NAFTA & the 3 new Free Trade Agreements (March 25)

Program Overview

We are extremely pleased to have nationally recognized speaker Mike Allocco back in Detroit. This program will help you be in full compliance with all NAFTA regulations. You will know where to search and what to look for to determine if your products qualify for the benefits of NAFTA. Most companies expose themselves unnecessarily to NAFTA penalties. In some cases your goods have low or zero duty already and therefore there is no need to exposure your company to potential NAFTA violations. In other cases, there is no need to fill out a NAFTA certificate if your goods do not qualify. Are you aware of the 3 new FTA's (Panama, South Korea and Colombia)? If not come and learn about the differences between them and NAFTA.

Topics Covered

  • Specific Rules of Origin - Annex 401 - how to determine if your product qualifies
  • NAFTA Certificates of Origins - Common errors, when you should/shouldn't fill one out.
  • Understand preference criteria A-F - How to determine which one your goods qualify for.
  • Producer vs. exporter - what are the rules.
  • Supporting documentation - How do you obtain one, and when should you use a manufacturer's affidavit.
  • Formulas for determining regional value content or a change in tariff classification.
  • De Minimis - What does this mean, why is it important to you?
  • Fungible goods and materials - What are they how does this affect you?
  • HS tariff classification - Is your code accurate, where do you get one?
  • Overview of the Free Trade Agreements with Panama, South Korea, and Colombia
  • Differences between the 3 new FTA's and NAFTA


International Documentation Training (March 26)

Program Overview

This program will help you understand when and how you should fill out certain international documents listed below. We will go through each document, step by step, and you will know where to search and what to look for in your own documents to be able to fill them out accurately and know when they are required. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily to shipment delays, Customs audits and demurrage charges because there is incomplete or inaccurate documentation for the shipment. Learn what documents you should be filling out and how to do so accurately so you can keep your customers, distributors and company on time and penalty free.

Topics Covered

  • Understand how to correctly fill out: Commercial invoices, Packing Lists, Bills of Lading, SED's, Certificates of Origin, Dock receipts and Fish & Wildlife.
  • Shippers Export Declaration - (SED) - Understanding every field and how you are required to fill out each field.
  • How to minimize delays in Customs by having all of the information the first time.
  • What other documents can be used to reduce delays, eliminate demurrage and shorten your product cycle.
  • Why you should be using a DCS Statement on all of your invoices both domestic & international.
  • Understanding which countries still require a wood certificate.
  • What does Legalization of Documents mean and for which countries is this required.
  • Pre-Shipment Inspection's - Who requires them and how should they be done?
  • NAFTA Certificates of Origin - Common errors, when you should/ shouldn't fill one out.



March 25, 2015 Introduction to NAFTA and the 3 New FTA's
March 26, 2015 International Documentation Training


Registration Fees:

Registration Type Early Bird Pricing
(before March 11th)
Regular Pricing
(after March 11th)
2-Day Seminar Package $395 $495
NAFTA + 3 New FTA's Only $225 $275
International Documentation Training Only $225 $275


Continued Learning Credits

This course has been approved for NEI Continued Learning Credits by NCBFAA
March 25: 2 CCS / 6 CES Credits
March 26: 1 CCS / 6 CES Credits

This course has been approved for CGBP recertification credits by NASBITE International
March 25: 6 CEUs
March 26: 6 CEUs



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