Please Join the U.S. Department of Commerce In Collaboration with Connecticut’s SBDC and the Connecticut District Export council in the Following Webinars on Navigating Free Trade Agreements!

 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have proved to be one of the best ways to open up foreign markets to exporters. Trade Agreements reduce barriers to exports and enhance the rule of law in the FTA partner country. The reduction of trade barriers and the creation of a more stable and transparent trading and investment environment make it easier and cheaper for companies to export their products and services to trading partner markets.

The United States has 14 FTAs in force with 20 countries. The United States is also in the process of negotiating the regional Trans-Pacific Partnership, while other agreements are in the initial discussion phase.  Proper utilization of an FTA can give your company advantages in a market and a savings in duties.  However the rules on how to qualify your product under a FTA can be complex and differ from one FTA to another FTA. Our presentation will cover how to verify if you can benefit from a specific FTA, how to navigate the different free trade agreements, how to identify a product’s specific rules of origin, and how to qualify your product.


Webinar:  Navigating Free Trade Agreements- Qualifying Your Product

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time: 1:30-3:00PM EST
Venue: Webinar
Cost: $15.00

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The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the Connecticut SBDC and Connecticut District Export Council is offering a unique webinar for U.S. businesses. Navigating Free Trade Agreements – Qualifying Your Product will explain the benefits of these trade agreements and how to determine if your product qualifies for preferential treatment under a specific free trade agreement. There are specific rules used to determine if your product qualifies and this webinar will walk you through how to make that determination.

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Webinar: Navigating Free Trade Agreements – Documenting Origin

Date: Thursday December 3, 2015
Time: 1:30-2:30PM EST
Venue: Webinar
Cost: $15

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Although, claiming preferential tariff treatment under a Free Trade Agreement is the responsibility of the importer, the exporter is responsible for providing the necessary documentation to support that claim.

Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce, Connecticut’s SBDC and the Connecticut District Export Council for a webinar on documenting origin under various free trade agreements. The documentation mechanism to support a preferential treatment claim is typically facilitated through a Certificate of Origin. These certificates come in several forms and have different requirements depending on the FTA. This webinar will introduce participants to the steps of properly documenting origin and will address the requirements needed to complete certificates of origin property for NAFTA, South Korea, and Israel. The webinar will also provide resources that will outline documenting origin requirements for every United States FTA. For more information contact