CEV, chamber hosting export certification course

Western Washington University’s Center for Economic Vitality (CEV), Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the State of Washington Department of Commerce are co-sponsoring the Washington State Export Certification Course and NAFTA Seminar in Bellingham  May 16-18 at the Dorothy Haggen Building in Barkley Village, located at 2211 Rimland Drive, Suite 106.

Managers in sales, operations, logistics, finance, and customer services planning to export to Canada and Mexico, especially those responsible for NATFA compliance, are encouraged to attend the training.

The cost is $299 for both sessions and pre-registration is required. To register, go to www.cevforbusiness.com or call Marilyn Grady at (360) 527-8959.

The Export Certification course is certified by the Washington State Department of Commerce and participants will receive a certificate of completion from the department. The course will help participants to:

• Learn details of export procedures

• Understand when a company should expand internationally

• Formulate an export strategy

• Overcome common mistakes made by beginning exporters

• Identify and target high-potential markets with proven market research methods

• Adapt marketing strategies for international success

The Exporting NAFTA seminar will help participants determine what products qualify for duty-free tariff treatment. The course will cover: how to accurately complete the NAFTA Certificate of Origin and other documents; NAFTA Rules of Origin and Annex 401; preference criteria; regional value-content calculations; and record-keeping responsibilities.

The instructor for both workshops is James Foley, author of “The Global Entrepreneur: Taking Your Business International.” He is also the director of the International Trade and NAFTA Opportunity Centers at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and has worked for more than 20 years in international marketing, sales and corporate management.

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