Trade Seminars

Upcoming International Trade Seminars:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – Glen Ellyn, IL       See below for seminar details.




Trade Seminar

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM// May 22, 2019

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into force on January 1, 1994, and has been creating the advantage for U.S exporters since. Many Illinois exporters often choose either Mexico or Canada to be the first foreign market when going global. It is easy to understand the benefit brought by the free trade agreement but challenging to navigate through the details.

After the long-hauling negotiation in 2018, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was finally signed. While waiting for the congressional approval, come join our workshop to learn how to use the free trade agreement to increase your competitiveness.

Rules to qualify and classify products
Certificate of Origin
Best practice of shipping process/ maintaining proper export documents

Registration Information

535 Duane Street, Room 324
Glen Ellyn IL 60137

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Vice President/ Co-owner, BDG International, Inc.

Lisa is a licensed Customs Broker who has a BS of International Business from Illinois State University. She has travelled professionally throughout the world that helps her to gain insight into how importers and exporters can improve its global processes. With dedicated international trade experience since 1993, Lisa speaks around the country, educating U.S. companies how to streamline their logistics operations, understand international documentation and how to make export/ import process easier within the global environment.

BDG International, Inc. provides International Forwarding, Customs Brokerage and Trade consulting services to the international trading community.




Recent International Trade Seminars:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – Arlington Heights, IL       See below for seminar details.

fall 2018


HTS & Commodity Classification Basics + ACE

The Harmonized Systems Process comprises about 5,000 commodity groups arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification. This system is used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics. This workshop is best suited for people involved with logistics and documentation of imports and/or exports. In order to customize this workshop for the participants, all participants will be asked to provide some information on their products and questions in advance.

This program will help you understand the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. We will learn and review the 6 General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) used to classify every product. We will go through instructor and Customs & Border Protection (CPB) based sample classifications using each of the General Rules. By using the CROSS system we will show how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products.

  • Research tools for Classifying your product
  • Harmonize Tariff Schedule of the United States (2016) – HTSUS
  • Learn about the U.S. Rules of Interpretation
  • Cross Search
  • Customs rulings online search system
  • ADD / CVD search
  • Search by Case Number
  • Learn about liquidation notices
  •  Informed compliance
  • Governing bodies
  • Information on Special Programs, General System of Preferences


Registration Information

Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018

Location: Comfort Inn Arlington Heights O’Hare
2120 South Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: 847-635-1300

Registration: 07:30

Seminar: 08:00 – 12:00

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Our Speaker:

Lisa BW                           


Lisa Victoria Waller is Vice President and co-owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago) Illinois.  Lisa is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA Certified, DG Certified, IAC & CTPAT Security Coordinator, Certified Customs Specialist, Certified Export Specialist and has a BS /International Business.

BDG International, Inc. provides International Forwarding, Customs Brokerage and Trade consulting services to the international trading comunity. 


  • BDG International, Inc. Affiliate C-TPAT
  • BDG International, Inc. Affiliate IATA
  • BDG International, Inc. Affiliate E


  • BDG International, Inc. Affiliate IGLN
  • BDG International, Inc. Affiliate WCA