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Join the U.S. Commercial Service Connecticut office and CT District Export Council for a series of trade-related events as part of Manufacturing Month this October. These free webinars will provide practical tips on a variety of export-related topics.

You’ve survived in the current business environment—let us help your business thrive internationally!

Trade Talk Tuesday: Export Documentation & Logistics Series

October 5th: Commercial Invoice

Overview of the purpose of a customs commercial invoice, and key elements to list for customs clearance.

October 12th: Licensing Determination

Overview of determining product Jurisdiction, and make a license determination before you export your product

October 19th AES Filing

AES Requirements, filing exemptions, and filing an AES EEI (Electronic Export Information)

October 26th Global Logistics Update

This last year global trade has been in turmoil, prices have increase significantly, shipments get bumped, shortages of containers. A logistics professional will provide a summary and an prediction to the what to expect in the next 6 months to a year.

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Eastern

Free, pre-registration required



International Distributors & Representatives: FIND Them, SIGN Them, GUIDE Them!

Tuesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 14, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required

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Join the U.S. Commercial Service for International Distributors & Representatives: FIND Them, SIGN Them, GUIDE Them!

This free two-part webinar series focuses on the business and legal perspective of global sales channels specifically partnering with international distributors & representatives.

Part I: International Distributors & Representatives: FIND Them, SIGN Them! | Tuesday, October 12th | 1pm Eastern
Part II: International Distributors & Representatives: GUIDE Them! | Thursday, October 14th | 1pm Eastern

Webinar Series Components:

  • Learn about the structure of the various types of sales channels: Buyer’s Agents, Export Management Companies, Distributors, Manufacturers Representatives, Foreign Retailers and Sales Agents
  • Explore best practices and resources to help Identify and vet potential export partners
  • Best practices regarding how to negotiate international sales agreements, including developing ways for a “win-win” amongst your company and international partners


  • Brian Beams, Senior International Trade Specialist, New Jersey
  • Dan Lyons, Director of International Sales, Goodway Technology Corporation
  • Jeff White, Partner and Manufacturing Industry Group leader at Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Joe Raycraft, Export Finance Manager, SBA
  • Peter Tierney, Director, Harlem U.S. Commercial Service New York
  • Rich Foy, Regional Director-Eastern Region, Ex-Im Bank
  • Tony Sargis, Senior International Trade Specialist, Connecticut


International Insurance Exposures & Manufacturing Supply Chain Risk Management Series

Dates: Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 1pm-2pm Eastern

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required 

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Join the U.S. Commercial Service Global Financial Services Team and Travelers for a FREE two-part webinar series on global exposures and insurance solutions, and the manufacturing supply chain. The global marketplace continues to change quickly with more and more U.S. businesses finding ways to trade worldwide. U.S. companies can be at risk from global exposures long before they consider opening an office in another country or partnering with an overseas firm.

Part One: This webinar will be led by Bob McNamee and Darren Caspers of Travelers. They will bring their expertise together for an informative course to help you learn about insuring foreign exposures to loss and coverages you may need including:

  • International Terminology and Basics
  • Program Types and Structure
  • International Coverages

Part Two: This webinar will be led by Brian Gerritsen and Erika Melander. It will explore the key supply chain risks manufacturers face upstream, in plant and downstream, and best practices to mitigate them. The team will challenge the attendees to think differently about supply chain risk management.


Learn About How Foreign Trade Zones in Connecticut Can Benefit Your Business! 

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 1:00pm Eastern 

Cost: Free of charge, but pre-registration required

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Questions?  Contact Melissa Grosso at the US Department of Commerce – 860-638-6955 or

Join the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and the Connecticut District Export Council for this virtual event!

What are Foreign Trade Zones? 

The Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program helps encourage activity and value add at U.S. facilities in competition with foreign alternatives by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise, as well as other savings.  Connecticut has four FTZs (Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Windsor Locks) that can work with companies in their regions to obtain FTZ status at a company’s facility.

Why Attend This Event?

FTZs offer tremendous benefits to US firms, including:  enhanced competitiveness; creating/retaining jobs and encouraging investment;  duty exemption or deferral; and more!  Join this event to learn about FTZ basics and how to apply; Customs and Border Protection activation process; hear directly from an active FTZ user about the benefits their business has seen.  This crash course could uncover the competitive advantage Connecticut businesses are looking for!

Speakers include experts from:

  • US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • Connecticut FTZ representatives
  • Connecticut manufacturing firm actively using an FTZ


Cybersecurity—Pitfalls and Preparedness for U.S. Firms

Date:  October 28, 2021
Time: 1:00pm Eastern
Cost: Free of Charge, but pre-registration is required

Registration Here:

Questions? Contact Melissa Grosso at the US Department of Commerce – 860-638-6955 or

Cybersecurity is a topic often discussed in the current business climate.  Many companies believe that cyber insurance adequately covers them should a breach occur.  However, insurance is just one piece of a comprehensive cyber plan and may provide a false sense of security.

Join this virtual panel discussion to learn about considerations to proactively prepare your company for a cyber breach.  Hear from experts representing the systems controls, legal, and insurance perspectives of cybersecurity.

During this program, you will learn more about:

  • The current cybersecurity atmosphere and risks for U.S. firms
  • Common cyber breach scenarios and prevention strategies
  • What cyber experts look for when there is a breach
  • The role cyber insurance plays and false perceptions about insurance’s role
  • Best practices for creating effective risk mitigation and response strategies

Target Audience: CEOs, CFOs, COOs, in order to understand business risk and prevention strategies

Presenters Include:

  • Jeff Rossi, Office Managing Partner, Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Co-Leader |CohnReznick (Moderator)
  • Bhavesh Vadhani, Principal, Cybersecurity, Technology Risk and Privacy Leader | CohnReznick
  • Linn Freedman, Chair Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Team | Robinson+Cole
  • Boris Khovitch, Business Development | UIC, Inc