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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2006
    2006 Import/Export Overview
    Jensen Shen
    jshen@houston.org


    Get the background you need to import or export products successfully and profitably. The newly designed Import/Export Overview is a series of two, half-day seminars that offer a preview of the entire import/export process. The program will benefit anyone already involved in international trade or who would like to explore the possibility of doing business in the global marketplace.

    Seminar Location: Greater Houston Partnership, 1200 Smith St., Suite 700
    Seminar Dates: Oct. 24 and Oct. 26, 2006
    Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:45 - 9 a.m.
    Seminar Time: 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Seminar & Networking Breakfast Cost: Member or College ID $20 per session OR $40 for two sessions.
    Non-member $40 per session OR $80 for two sessions.

    EXPORT SESSION ON OCT. 24

    Export Overview

    Local domestic businesses often receive unexpected orders from overseas, presenting opportunities to expand into the international market. However, many businesses lack the critical expertise to proceed. This seminar is designed to help first-time exporters understand the process, as well as to assist those already exporting products increase export sales.

    Opening Remarks

    The Honorable M. J. Khan, Chairman,
    City of Houston’s Protocol and International Liaison Committee
    · International Marketing
    Ellen-Lenny Passageno, Commercial Officer, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Export Assistance Center
    Presentation of basic procedures of export marketing including market research, as well as information about the many sources of assistance.
    · Export Licensing and Other Legal Requirements
    Jamie A. Joiner, Attorney and Licensed, Baker & Hostetler
    Covers various legal issues affecting exporters, such as Export Administration regulations, trade sanctions and embargoes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export declaration filings and more.
    · International Methods of Payment/Financing
    Julio Morejón, Vice President and Lending Product
    Manager for Commercebank, N.A. and MSF Group
    An overview of various methods of securing payment in international transactions and financing options for U.S. exporters.
    · Financing by the U.S. Small Business Administration
    Miguel Ruiz, Lead Lender Relations Specialist, SBA
    Alternate forms of financing for U.S. exporters will be presented.
    · International Transportation
    Jolie Cosman, President and CEO, Century Freight Corporation
    Overview of international transportation options, how to locate a transportation provider and the role of the U.S. freight forwarder and foreign customs broker.

    IMPORT SESSION ON OCT. 26
    Import Overview

    Every day U.S. consumers use products and commodities from all over the world. Many companies hesitate to import because the process appears to be complex. Don’t miss this opportunity to demystify the import process by learning from experts.

    · U.S. Import Requirements
    Kathy Coffman, Import Specialist, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Provides an introduction to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the requirements for importing including: tariff classification (HTSUS); determining duty rates; country of origin marking requirements; Import documentation: invoices, certificates of origin, bonds; entry/clearance process.
    · Legal Compliance for Importers
    Jamie A. Joiner, Attorney, Baker Hostetler
    Provides an introduction to legal requirements of importing, illustrated with case studies and examples.
    · International Methods of Payment/Financing for U.S. Importers
    Juan Morejón, Vice President and Lending Product
    Manager for Commercebank, N.A. and MSF Group.
    An overview of various methods of financing options for U.S. Importers, including methods of payment: letters of credit, sight draft.
    · Customs Broker
    John Heimsath, LCHB, ACM Logistics and Consulting
    Provides an introduction to the critical role of the customs broker in import transactions; how to select a broker; logistics issues such as warehousing; and special issues.

    In collaboration with
    U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center
    and
    Houston District Export Council

    Underwritten by

    2006 IMPORT/EXPORT OVERVIEW
    Registration Form

    To register please complete and return this form.
    Seminar Location: Greater Houston Partnership, 1200 Smith St., Suite 700
    Seminar Date: October 24 & October 26, 2006
    Registration & Networking Breakfast: 8:45 - 9 a.m.
    Seminar Time: 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Seminar & Networking Breakfast Cost: Member or College ID $20 per session OR $40 for two sessions
    Non-member $40 per session OR $80 for two sessions

    Please register by Friday, October 20. Registration cannot be processed without payment. No refunds after by Friday, October 20.
    Fax this complete form with your payment to: Sandra Montealegre
    Greater Houston Partnership
    1200 Smith, Suite 700
    Houston, Texas 77002–4400
    Fax: 713-844-0262
    Email: smontealegre@houston.org

    o Complete Series – 2 sessions October 24 & 26
    o Export Session October 24; oImport Session October 26

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    For more information please call Sandra Montealegre at 713-844-3662

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