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Mastering Export Documentation: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Have you had a shipment “stuck” in Customs because a document is missing or not filled out correctly?
Do you copy information from a prior shipping document to complete all required fields when you are uncertain about the meaning?
Has your company been charged “documentation” fees or had a shipment held up because the documents had to be corrected?

Many companies suffer unnecessary shipment delays, Customs audits, and demurrage charges due to incomplete or inaccurate documentation for shipments. During this two-hour session, attendees will discuss several forms including: Commercial Invoices, Packing Lists,  Shippers Export Declarations (SEDs)/Electronic Export Information (EEI), and Certificates of Origin. Each document will be reviewed step-by-step to understand exactly how these forms should be completed and where attendees can look within company documents to ensure the information being used is accurate.


Topics Covered

  • Understanding how to correctly complete: Commercial Invoices, Packing Lists,  Shippers Export Declarations (SEDs)/Electronic Export Information (EEI’s), and Certificates of Origin
  • Understanding how to minimize delays in Customs by submitting the correct documents upfront
  • Identifying what other documents can be used to reduce delays, eliminate demurrage and shorten your product cycle
  • Why companies should be using a DCS Statement on all invoices both domestic & international
  • USMCA “Certificates of Origin” – Common errors, when these should/shouldn’t be completed

Who should attend?

Traffic managers, purchasing managers, shipping/receiving personnel, compliance officers, sales managers, customer service managers, and anyone involved or concerned with international shipments.

Featured Presenter

Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises, a full-service export and import compliance training company, is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) through NASBITE and winner of the prestigious President’s E Award for excellence in export development training. He founded Allocca Enterprises in 2006 and works with exporters and importers daily all over the United States. Mike was appointed to the District Export Council (DEC) in Columbia, SC. He keeps updated on export/import regulations by regularly attending and/or hosting programs, seminars, and events with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs & Border Protection , U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of State, NAFTA – Office of Intra American Affairs, and the TSA.


Advanced registration is required. For SBA-eligible companies, there is no cost to attend. If your company is not SBA-eligible, the registration fee is $25 per person.

SBA-Eligible Companies: no cost
Non-SBA-Eligible Companies: $25 per person



March 11
10:00 am - 12:00 pm