NEOTEC Hosting Seminar May 12 on FTZ Program

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium will host a daylong seminar May 12 for companies looking to export their products and use the Foreign-Trade Zone program. The event will take place in the Stark Conference Center at the Kent State University campus here. It begins at 8 a.m.

Among the topics to be explored at the seminar, Exporting and Foreign-Trade Zone Toolbox: Opening Global Markets, are export compliance, letters of credit, international documentation, market research and how the trade zone program functions.

Presenters include Chris Pilkington, FirstMerit Bank international banking vice president, Todd Hiser, U.S. Commercial Service senior international trade specialist, and Dave Gutheil, Port of Cleveland vice president of maritime and logistics. A panel discussion will conclude the seminar.

“We have organized a strong agenda with top experts in the industry,” said NEOTEC’s president and CEO, Ron DeBarr. “They will cover a tremendous amount of information in one day, and attendees will walk out with valuable resources and tools to strengthen their export opportunities, including how the Foreign-Trade Zone program can benefit their business.”

Companies that can benefit from the trade zone status include exporters, importers of high-value products, those who are subject to import duties and companies who receive several shipments every week.

Registration can be completed at The event costs $55.

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