Upcoming Events

September 18, 2018: Introduction to HTS/Schedule B Classification

This training will help you begin to understand how to use the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. You will learn and review the 6 GRI- General Rules of Interpretation used to classify every product + go through instructor & CBP based sample classifications using each of the GRI’s. By using the CROSS system, we will show how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products. After the training, you will know where to go for help and what to look at when beginning to look at your own products. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily by not regularly reviewing or understanding their own classifications. Importers and exporters are required to use reasonable care and due diligence in determining accurate classifications. This training focuses on how to keep your company in compliance.

September 18, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
I Hotel Conference Center
1900 S. 1st Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.


September 19, 2018: Export Compliance 201: Reduce Risk, Cut Costs, Increase Profits

This program will help your company be in full compliance with a host of U.S. export/import regulations. Review how you can eliminate dangers & liability of undervaluing products on the commercial invoice and Electronic Export Information (EEI) at foreign customer’s request. Learn the correct way to handle valuations on drop shipments, samples, warranties, repairs and replacements for customs purposes. Finally, review the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as the Successor Liability and how these affect you.

September 19, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

(Lunch will be served)
320 N. Damen Ave., First Floor
Chicago, IL 60612 

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.


September 20, 2018: International Documentation

Attend this all-day seminar and learn how to avoid exposing your company unnecessarily to shipment delays, Customs audits and demurrage charges because of incomplete or inaccurate shipment documentation. Understand when and how you should be completing certain documentation. Learn what to look for in your own international documents and how to complete them accurately so you can keep your customers, distributors and company ahead of schedule.

September 20, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus
19351 W. Washington Street
Room TBA
Grayslake, IL 60030

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.


October 11, 2018: How NAFTA Benefits Small Businesses

Canada and Mexico are our largest trading partners. Both countries are great to start marketing and selling US-made products and make your first steps into going global. Many companies already ship to and from Canada and Mexico, but run into a variety of problems. Our session will help you analyze and streamline the import / export process for Canada and Mexico.

October 11th, 2018
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
320 N. Damen Ave.
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.


October 18, 2018: Intellectual Property Basics for Small Businesses

If you are starting a business or already own one, you may have intellectual property assets that need legal protection! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of domestic and international intellectual property for startups and small businesses. We will review patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets and learn how each are applied to protect a business’s products, brands and operations. We will also discuss non-disclosure agreements, invention assignments as well as privacy policies relating to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Additionally, we will discuss what resources are available in the IP world to those in financial need. Active Q & A is encouraged!

October 18th, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
College of Lake County
Southlake Campus
1120 S Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.


November 8, 2018: Export Payments, Financing and Foreign Exchange

Learn the fundamentals of trade finance so you can turn your export opportunities into actual sales and receive payment on time for them.  We will discuss the risks in international trade, Incoterms, and in detail, payment terms and methods such as Commercial Letters of Credit. You will gain knowledge in export financing, the basic concepts of foreign exchange and billing customers in U.S. dollars versus local currency. You will also learn how to design a foreign invoice in the buyer’s currency.

November 8th, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
College of Lake County
19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, Illinois 60030

Registration is required. To register or learn more, click here.