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Commerce Department Webinar Series Focuses on Exporting Basics

By Marcia Richards Suelzer, MA, JD | June 29, 2012

Small businesses have a major impact on the United States export landscape. Nearly ninety-eight percent of all exporters are small business and, in 2009, they accounted for nearly 30 percent of the known export value, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. If you are looking to expand your business by reaching new markets, exporting may be part of the answer.

The Commerce Department's website export.gov provides a wealth of information from creating an export plan to help in finding foreign buyers and obtaining financing for exporting. Now, as part of the National Export Initiative, the Commerce Department’s Trade Information Center is offering a series of one-hour webinars that focus on the basics of exporting.

Each of these webinars are specifically tailored to answer questions and provide information to new exporters. Upcoming topics include:

  • Using the Postal Service for International Shipping (Oct 26): What you need to know for small parcel shipments using USPS including country-specific guidelines, forms, costs, and how to protect and insure your package reaches its destination.
  • 2012 HS Classification Reform (Nov 9): Learn how the 2012 World Customs Organization reforms will impact your HS number and supply chain practices. Prepare your supply chain now.
  • How to Find HS Codes, Duties & Taxes (Nov 30): Every product has its own harmonized code. Learn how to classify your product, find its harmonized code and compute duties and taxes. View past program.
  • Export Filing Requirements (Dec 7): This webinar will provide the basics for understanding the reporting requirements found in the Foreign Trade Regulations.

Each program begins at 2:00 pm Eastern. There is a $15 registration fee/program, which includes slides, live audio, and question-and-answer sessions. You can register for the Exporting Basics webinars on export.gov

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