Building Blocks of Trade Compliance




Building Blocks of Trade Compliance

This International Trade Fundamentals Course is intended to provide a fundamental overview of international trade compliance for both import and export transactions. This is a great way to build a foundation towards understanding what it takes to import products, ship products globally, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirements.

You will earn a certificate of completion and a Digital Trade Badge.

Please note:  This course is NOT intended to help individuals start an import/export business. This course covers rules and practical issues that arise from importing and exporting merchandise and not the marketing, sources, purchasing, or other business functions of starting a physical business or e-commerce store.

What is a hybrid course?

A hybrid course, also known as a blended course, uses recorded materials to be viewed by students on their own time in combination with live interactive web-based online meetings with the instructor for discussions and Q&A.

How long is the course?

The Building Blocks of Trade Compliance course will run for 4 weeks. The plan for each week is as follows:

  1. Participants are responsible for viewing a short video (45-90 minutes) prior to the day of the webinar of that week.
  2. On Thursdays, participants will attend a 2-hour live webinar with the instructor to discuss the video (Step 1) and for Q&A.
  3. The participant will take the exam on the topics discussed.
  4. Steps 1-3 will be repeated for three more weeks (for a total of four weeks).

When does it start?

January 8, 2024. Continues for four weeks
With live webinars on Thursdays from 11 am-1 pm Central Time


  • Trade Digital Badge from GTC
  • 4-week Course
  • Recorded videos (45-90 minutes)
  • Weekly live webinar (2 hrs)
  • Exams

 Next Cohort:
January 8 – Feb 1, 2024


Trade Expert Instructor

Trudy Wilson
Global Training Center

Building Blocks of International Trade Course Agenda

Recorded Video (own time)
Thursday 11 am-1 pm (Central Time) – Live Webinar
Exam (own time)

Week 1 – Foundation of Trade Compliance
  1. Logistics/Modes of Transportation
  2. Service Providers
  3. Documents for International Transaction
  4. Harmonized Tariff
  5. Valuation
  6. Recordkeeping
Week 2 – Importing to the United States
  1. Entry of Merchandise
  2. Types of Entry
  3. Enforcement & Penalties
  4. Customs
  5. Duties, taxes, & fees
Week 3 – Exporting to the United States
  1. Export Order Process
  2. Export Controls
  3. Packing/Packaging
  4. Insurance
  5. Reporting the Export
  6. Penalties
  7. Recordkeeping
Week 4 – General Trade Compliance
  1. ACE
  2. Security
  3. Incoterms
  4. Free Trade Agreements
  5. Country of Origin
  6. Risk Assessment
  7. Getting Paid
  8. Contracts & Dispute Resolution

Event Details

Hybrid Four Weeks Course

Date: January 08, 2024