With input from member surveys and industry professionals, Maine International Trade Center (MITC) has developed a three-tiered trade education series to provide practical skills training and valuable takeaways to help your staff and your business succeed in international markets whatever your current experience level.
The education series, running from September through June, includes a combination of in-person seminars and live webinars. Content will focus on the four main pillars of international trade – logistics, finance, legal, and marketing – at three different levels of international business experience.
Entry Level 1 seminars are meant for those new to export and import who are still determining if the time is right for them to begin international trade.
Mid Level 2 offerings for those with some export experience will include more advanced, in-depth content on topics such as international documentation.
Experienced Level 3 training is geared toward those who have experience in several international markets and sell a significant portion of their products/services abroad.
Visit Programs & Events to see what’s coming up soon.
Export 101 Video Series
Topics include choosing your markets, market research considerations, and global-local dynamics. Presenter: Dr. Stefano Tijerina, Maine Business School, University of Maine
From order taking to delivery – What to expect and how to keep it all moving without delays and fines. Presenter: Kelly Butterfield, Butterfield International Compliance and Consulting, LLC
Covers export financial considerations, including getting paid, funding international growth, and financing options and government programs. Presenter: Susan Giffard, Senior Vice President and Director of Treasury Management, Camden National Bank
Legal issues for exporters such as contracts, compliance, risks, dispute resolution, IP, and data privacy are covered. Presenter: Adrian Kendall, ESQ., Norman Hanson DeTroy, LLC
A great deal of information is available online for companies doing business internationally. To get started, reliable and up-to-date information can be found on these sites:
Export.gov – managed by the International Trade Administration covers a broad range of export topics such as HS Codes, NAFTA Certificate, Tariffs & Taxes
Basic Importing and Exporting – site of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides information on importing, exporting, foreign trade zones, and processing
MITC Members will find additional resources on Trade on Demand