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The U.S. Census Bureau provides valuable resources and training on understanding the Foreign Trade Regulations, classifying foreign trade commodities, filing foreign trade information, and utilizing foreign trade data. Learn more about these topics through our webinars, tutorials, training videos, seminars, conferences and other useful tools to help you build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of exporting.

Visit our Video Gallery to view a collection of training videos and tutorials produced to assist you with exporting.

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Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) Webinars

Come learn about what has changed in the Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) and how that change will affect you. This webinar series was created by the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau and will provide information on the revised FTR. Best of all, the webinars are FREE.

The webinars will focus on the following topics:
  1. Changes in reporting requirements
    (i.e., used self propelled vehicles, temporary exports, and split shipments)
  2. New fields added to the Automated Export System
    (e.g., License Value and Ultimate Consignee Type)
  3. Changes in definitions
    (i.e., port of export and household goods)

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Go Global Webinars

This in-depth webinar series provides the government resources to help you become a successful exporter from finding compatible markets for your products to financing your export program to understanding export regulations. Each of the 11 webinars will provide useful information that can increase your knowledge about international trade and help you "Go Global."

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Description: Learn about the fundamentals of exporting the government assistance available to you at export.gov
Date: May 7, 2013
Presenter: Doug Barry
U.S. Commercial Service, International Trade Administration
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Description: Develop an export business plan to expand your business abroad. Learn about customized counseling, technical assistance and training offered by the Small Business Administration.
Date: May 21, 2013
Presenters: Steve Sullivan, Carroll Thomas, and Alexandra Bowen
Small Business Administration
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Description: Find out where your products can excel overseas. These detailed and timely trade statistics provide you with information to find international markets for your product.
Date: June 6, 2013
Presenter: Lindsay Kuberka
Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau
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Description: Ready to meet foreign buyers? Learn more about trade counseling, business matchmaking, and trade events to help you connect with interested buyers abroad.
Date: June 18, 2013
Presenter: Doug Barry
U.S. Commercial Service, International Trade Administration
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Description: Learn about services for the export of food or agricultural products. You can take advantage of customized export assistance, cost-share export promotions, training and trade missions.
Date: July 16, 2013
Presenters: Dale Miller, Tim Hamilton, and Meuy Tzeo
Department of Agriculture
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Description: Are you ready to export and are looking for financing? Learn about government-guaranteed loan programs and direct loan programs to help with translating your product literature, participating in foreign trade shows, and funding your export orders.
Date: July 30, 2013
Presenters: Dennis Chrisbaum, Small Business Administration and
Michael Jackson, Export-Import Bank
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Description: Need more financing options? Learn about working capital programs, lines of credit, credit insurance and much more.
Date: August 13, 2013
Presenter: Jim Newton
Export-Import Bank
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Description: Easily manage your export reporting by learning the do’s and don’ts of the Automated Export System. Efficiently manage your export reporting by learning the features and tools.
Date: August 27, 2013
Presenter: Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau
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Description: Save time and money by learning the rules and responsibilities for all parties involved in an export transaction. Learn more to avoid common mistakes by making the right decisions regarding your export shipments from day one.
Date: September 10, 2013
Presenter: Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau
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Description: An essential part of exporting is determining which U.S. export regulation applies to you. The Bureau of Industry and Security regulates the export and re-export of commodities, software, and technology, commercial and military in nature. Learn more about dual use items, the Commerce Control List and licensing policies.
Date: September 24, 2013
Presenter: Bureau of Industry and Security
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Description: Need help resolving foreign trade barriers or unfair situations in foreign markets?  This webinar will provide you with guidance to avoid and resolve trade problems.
Date: November 5, 2013
Presenter: International Trade Administration
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Fundamentals of Exporting

Fundamentals of Exporting webinars are archived in the Census Bureau's Newsroom. Please visit to view webinars from 2012.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Foreign Trade Division | ftdwebmaster@census.gov |  Last Revised: April 08, 2014