Food products export seminars slated for Fargo, Bismarck

BISMARCK – Preparation of the necessary documents for food product export is the focus of two seminars, July 18-19, in Fargo and Bismarck.

“Export documentation includes all important records of an international transaction,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Correct terminology, clear definitions of interest and liability, choosing a payment method and preparing the best possible quotation are all necessary for effective exporting.”

Sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Food Export Association of the Midwest, the seminars are scheduled for:

The Fargo seminar will be conducted Thursday, July 18, in Room 380 of Loftsgard Hall on N. Bolley Drive, North Dakota State University.

The Bismarck seminar will be conducted Friday, July 19, in the first floor conference room of the Century Center, 1600 E. Century Ave.

Both seminars run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of free trade agreements (FTAs)
  • Understanding the Harmonized System (HS)
  • Completing the NAFTA certificate of origin
  • The preference criterion
  • Examples of rules of origin
  • NAFTA Compared to other FTAs: CAFTA-DR, KORUS, CTPA
  • What to do when there is no certificate of origin requirement
  • Phytosanitary certificates and PCIT online system
  • Certificates of free sale, origin, health, etc.

The seminars also include one-on-one meetings for company-specific consultations on export opportunities and hands-on training for the PCIT system for phytosanitary certificates.

Registration is $30 per seminar and includes refreshments. The registration deadline is July 12.

To register, call (312) 334-9200 or (215) 829-9111 or email