Trade competency in a global world

In cooperation with World Trade Center Kentucky (WTCKY) and several corporate sponsors, FBT brought the International Trade Certification Program (ITCP) to Cincinnati, February 14-16, 2017. Representatives of numerous companies in the region gained the knowledge and know-how for managing complex international trade and business operations, while laying the foundation for their ITCP certifications.

FBT Lexington Member and WTCKY Board Member Jan de Beer has been involved in running the program in Kentucky for several years and spearheaded the event in Cincinnati. Jan concentrates his law 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 was 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.