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Import and Export Training Videos



Part A: Export Compliance and Regulations

  • Video A1 - Export Compliance Introduction (1:45 mins)

    • Here's what you need to accurately and easily complete key shipping information, comply with the law and take advantage of the duty-free benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Watch the videos in sequence or go directly to the videos that you need NOW for how-to information. The video presenters are all international trade specialists with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Enjoy the show, and we wish you many successful international transactions. For supporting information, Welcome to Exporting 101.

      • For questions, call 1-800-USA-TRADE or send e-mail.

  • Video A2 - A Quick Guide to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) (5:21 mins)

    • Who is the U.S. Principle Party in Interest (USPPI)?
    • What is a shipment and when you must file in the Automated Export System (AES)?
  • Video A5 - The Commerce Control List and Self-Classification (10:34 mins)
    Source: Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) www.BIS.DOC.gov

    • Where do I find the Commerce Control list?
    • Do I need a license to export my good?
    • How to Reference the ECCN
    • Designation of EAR99
  • Video A6 - Exporting EAR99 Items: Screening Your Transaction, Lists to Check and Red Flags (10:19 mins)
    Source: Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) www.BIS.DOC.gov

    • Screening Your Transactions
    • No License Required (NLR) Rules
    • Lists to Check Before Exporting
    • Red Flags
  • Video A7 - Embargoes and Sanctions (6:08 mins)
    Source: Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) www.BIS.DOC.gov
    • Shipping to Embargoed Countries
    • Shipping to Sanctioned Countries
    • Special controls
    • Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC)
  • Video A8 - What is a Freight Forwarder? Part 1 (3:31 mins)

    • Pro Forma Invoice
    • Help you Ship Economically
    • Help you Ship Safely
    • Ship in Compliance with U.S. export laws
    • International Transportation Department

  • Video A9 - What is a Freight Forwarder? Part 2 (2:33 mins)

    • Letter of Credit
    • Commercial Invoice
    • Processing the Bill of Lading
    • Finding a Freight Forwarder

  • Video A10 - Foreign Trade Zones (8:45 mins)

    • What is a Foreign Trade Zone?
    • Types of Foreign Trade Zones
    • Foreign Trade Zone Reporting Requirements
    • Foreign Trade Zone Filing Benefits

Part B: Reporting Electronic Export Information (EEI)

Part C: Using Trade Data for Export Planning and Strategy

Part D: Trade Agreements

  • Video D1 - Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Tool (7:48 mins)

    • Free Trade Agreement
    • Tariff Rates
    • Staging Basket
    • Base Rates
    • Research potential new markets

  • Video D2 - North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Basics (1:52 mins)

    • NAFTA allows your company to ship most goods to customers in Canada and Mexico duty free as long as they are comprised mostly of U.S. components.  This video covers the key parts of the agreement and introduces the process for obtaining the benefits.

  • Video D3 - NAFTA Certificates of Origin Part I (1:50 mins) Part II (cont) (:48 secs)

    • Although not mandatory NAFTA Certificates of Origin are used to obtain duty-free or reduced duty rates for qualified products entering member countries (U.S., Canada, Mexico). This video will help you correctly complete this important legal document.

      • Certificate of Origin (PDF)
      • For questions, send e-mail

  • Video D4 - Preference Criterion (2:39 mins)

    • A document is required in order to receive the duty-free benefit granted by Canadian and Mexican customs. This video guides you through completing the document, focusing on several key fields that often challenge exporters new to the process.

  • Video D5 - NAFTA Rules of Origin (3:13 mins)

    • NAFTA Rules of Origin are crucial for qualifying your products for the duty-free benefit. This video shows you how to use the Harmonized Code system and what to do when foreign components are included in your product which triggers using the Rules of Origin.

      • Regional Value Content Formula (Word, PDF)
      • For questions, send e-mail


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February 2021
Trade in Goods
and Services

Deficit: $71.1 Billion
Exports: $187.3 Billion
Imports: $258.3 Billion

Next release: May 4, 2021
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