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Seminars on Free Trade Agreements Offered

The New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center has announced that it is hosting a seminar, “NAFTA, CAFTA and Other Free Trade Agreements.” The seminar will be held from 9 am noon, Tuesday, February 1 at ITRC’s headquarters at 172 Pembroke Drive in Concord. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.  

global-dealFTAs are intended to open markets, expand business opportunities, and to help U.S. companies compete more easily in the global marketplace. The United States currently has 11 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), which account for more than 42% of all U.S. exports. Other trade agreements are currently in negotiation, including the U.S.–Korea, or KORUS, trade agreement.  

The half-day seminar will be presented Jeanette Reed of Evolutions in Business, a firm that specializes in training companies in export regulatory compliance. Participants will learn about existing FTAs and requirements that products need to meet in order to qualify for export under these agreements. The seminar will also cover how businesses can potentially expand to new markets, how to ensure compliance of existing exports, and how to qualify for elimination or reduction of tariffs. Rules of origin, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), and potential fines and penalties for non-compliance will also be covered.  

Cost for the seminar is $55 and includes a light breakfast. To register and pay online, go to http://www.exportnh.org/calendar/registration.aspx. To register and pay by check (payable to SNHU/IIB), mail your check to: ITRC Seminar, PO Box 1856, Concord, NH 03301-1856. For questions, call Ellie White at 603-271-8444 or email ellie.white@dred.state.nh.us.

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