• Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (OTI)

    Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (OTI)
    Dear Illinois exporters:
    The Office of Trade & Investment (OTI) continues to offer Illinois businesses virtual services to support export promotion and international sales growth. OTI’s team of Chicago-based international trade specialists and our six foreign trade offices in: Belgium, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, and Mexico are ready to support businesses across the state looking to expand in international markets.
    Below is the list of webinars about exporting for the remainder of October and November.
    We look forward to seeing you.
    Margo Markopoulos, Director
    Office of Trade and Investment
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    Upcoming Export Webinars
    Export Basics: An Overview of Topics in Exporting Monday, October 19, 12:00 PM
    This webinar will present key issues, including how to determine if your company ready to export, how to conduct market research, shipping and logistics, how to research regulatory compliance, trade finance and how to get paid, sales channels in exporting, and resources for exporters.
    Register HERE
    Global eCommerce
    Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 AM
    Global eCommerce has been blooming and still growing rapidly. Just like you can go online and shop from anywhere you like, you can also easily start exporting from the comfort of your office with the right strategy and tools. We will discuss: Opportunities and challenges; choosing the right selling platform; order fulfillment; payment options; compliance; localizing your eCommerce strategy; resources.
    Register HERE
    Introduction to Incoterms® 2020 Rules
    Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 AM
    The Incoterms® rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the sale of goods. Whether you are filing a purchase order, packaging and labeling a shipment for freight transport, or preparing a certificate of origin at a port, the Incoterms® rules are there to guide you. The newest edition of the Incoterms® 2020 rules will help prepare business for the next decade of global trade. Learn what changes are brought by the new 2020 International Commercial Terms. Each attendee will purchase and receive by mail, a copy of the official Incoterms® 2020 Rules book published by the International Chamber of Commerce.
    Register HERE
    eCommerce Guidelines in USMCA
    Thursday, October 22, 10:00 AM
    To address the massive growth in eCommerce, the USMCA (which replaced NAFTA) is one of the first trade agreements to include a chapter on digital trade. Digital trade has been growing in both Canada and Mexico, particularly in the face of COVID-19. Please join us as we look at the challenges and opportunities in eCommerce in Canada and Mexico.
    Register HERE
    Additional Export Webinar Series
    This series will help companies to recover revenue after COVID-19 disruption by expanding sales internationally using eCommerce platforms. The program will help companies identify new markets and additional revenue streams to rebuild business without heavy cost.
    International eCommerce and Social Media Marketing Boot Camp 3 of 5-Part Series: What Products and How to Market (Social Media).
    • Friday, October 16, 1:00 PM Register HERE
    International eCommerce and Social Media Marketing Boot Camp 4 of 5-Part Series: The Details, Build Success.
    • Friday, October 23, 1:00 PM Register HERE
    International eCommerce and Social Media Marketing Boot Camp 5 of 5-Part Series: Wrap up, Case Studies.
    • Friday, October 30, 1:00 PM Register HERE
    How To Find International Distributors
    • Monday, November 16, 12:00 PM Register HERE
    Localization Strategy: Optimize Online Presence For Global Expansion
    • Tuesday, November 24, 10:00 AM Register HERE
    COVID-19: Help for businesses, workers and residents:
    Roll Your #SleeveUp to #FightFlu
    Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever as we brace for a dual outbreak of flu and COVID-19 this fall and winter. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local health departments across Illinois are challenging everyone to roll their #SleeveUp to get a flu shot and help protect not only themselves, but those around them.
    Wearing a mask, washing your hands often, getting a flu vaccine, and watching your distance are four simple actions that everyone, especially people at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, should take to help reduce the spread of flu.
    The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people protected from flu.
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    The State of Illinois could use your support with much-needed personal protective equipment as well as other supplies for our first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    To Donate: ppe.donations@Illinois.gov
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