Info on Free Import-Export Courses and Classes
Generally, governmental agencies like the U.S. Small Business Administration are good sources for free courses and classes in importing and exporting. A selection of free courses is presented in this article. These courses don't award credits.
Free Import-Export Courses and Classes
Essentials of Export Controls at the Bureau of Industry and Security - U.S. Department of Commerce
This resource includes six modules containing the information from a Bureau of Industry and Security export seminar. Videos and transcripts cover basic regulations and procedures, item classification, documentation and licensing requirements.
Export Business Planner at the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has created a tool geared to small business owners who want to investigate exporting their products or services. Users can customize, update and save the planner to suit their own situations. The chapters provide a comprehensive overview of exporting, including tips on making a business plan, marketing, financing and accounting, among other aspects of running a small export business. Also included are many worksheets and additional resources, such as a glossary.
Export Tutorial at Trade Port
The tutorial is geared toward exporters at any experience level. Users can learn how to research potential foreign markets, become familiarized with trade regulations and gain financing advice for their export ventures.
Export University 101 at Export.gov
This is a transcript of a webinar on helping companies start export businesses, along with developing new skills in increasing their international sales and enhancing innovation. This document presents strategies, methods and information to help businesses sell their products abroad.
Exporting at Broad College of Business at Michigan State University
The eighteen modules can help users develop an export strategy, find customers and create a successful export business marketing plan. Users can also gain shipping, pricing and legal information. Adobe Flash Player is required to view the video slide presentations, and users can download audio files as well.
Import Tutorial at Trade Port
This tutorial is designed to help the user import products and services to the U.S. The tutorial breaks importing into five steps, including separate text-based lessons on topics that include planning, logistics and security. These tutorials provide lists of links to additional outside resources.
Importing and Exporting Training Videos at the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau
These videos provide users with information on regulatory and compliance issues related to import/export business in addition to other topics. For example, users can learn about how to access and use trade data to build business strategies, maximize the benefits of trade agreements and ship products to various countries.
International Economics at Utah State University
This class provides an overview of the terms and concepts used in international trade and finance, including importing and exporting. Students need an audio player capable of playing mp3 audio files to access lectures.
Strategies for Growth: Exporting Opportunities at the U.S. Small Business Administration
The video presents interviews with experts and entrepreneurs who have grown small businesses. The point of the video is to help small business owners determine whether their businesses should go international and what is needed for success.
Where Will Your Next Customer Come From? at the U.S. Small Business Administration
This video covers government resources available to small business owners to help them export their products. The video discusses the National Export Initiative, which was brought forth by the Obama administration in 2010 to promote export activity.