Trade competency in a global world

Companies in Cincinnati and across the region are provided access to the International Trade Certification Program (ITCP), assisting them in gaining the knowledge and know-how for effective management of complex international trade and business operations.

In cooperation with World Trade Center Kentucky (WTCKY) and several corporate sponsors, FBT is bringing the three-day ITCP program to Cincinnati, February 14-16, 2017, to equip companies with the latest information on international trade practices.

The program is taught by business experts in the areas of banking, tax, customs compliance, market intelligence, freight forwarding, international marketing and customs brokerage. FBT attorneys will cover various legal aspects, including international sales and distribution agreements, export/import policies and anti-boycott compliance when trading internationally.

FBT Lexington Member and WTCKY Board Member Jan de Beer concentrates his practice on international regulation and trade, with a focus on import and export matters, customs regulations, labeling requirements and transaction licensing. He also advises companies and individuals in matters relating to U.S. embargoes and sanctions, and the customs law issues related to the import of goods into the United States, including classification and valuation of products, customs duty protests, and country of origin and other labeling requirements.

The ITCP is the first professional designation in the world created to prove an individual’s level of competency and experience in international trade. The ITCP certificate, earned after attending three rigorous days of classes and passing individual testing, is accredited by the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarder’s Association of America (NCBFAA). The Cincinnati initiative is an expansion of the program run by the WTCKY throughout the Commonwealth for the past five years, and which has a Kentucky alumni network of more than 200 graduates.