The ABC's of International Trade Program​

Receive a certificate in international trade.

The ABC's of International Trade program consists of five seminars, with one seminar per week for five consecutive weeks. This program is intended for undergraduate students at the University of San Diego. For those who are interested in the program but not enrolled in our university, please contact us for availability.

The series will typically include the following workshops:

Financing and Payment of International Transactions

Participants learn about the various types of risks inherent in international trade such as customer, country, economic and currency risk. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the various international methods of payments, the levels of risk mitigation they provide and how they impact cash flow. These include wire transfers, letters of credit, bankers’ acceptances, documentary collections, and open accounts. As well as when certain conditions require a change in payment terms such as when country risk conditions change. Participants also discuss situations that necessitate a company seeking export financing and the options available through government backed financing programs such as Ex-Im Bank and SBA. Other non-government financing options that facilitate financing of international transactions will also be addressed.


Export and Import Operations and Documentation

This workshop provides participants with an overview of the procedures, terminology, documentation, and regulations for the export and import of goods from/to the United States. Participants are introduced to international trade concepts like merchandise valuation, origin, non-tariff barriers, harmonized tariff schedule as well as the classification process. Participants also review export and import regulations and compliance, transportation, free trade agreements, special permits, entry procedures, the Automated Export System to support export transactions and the preparation and use of all related documents.


The Seven Deadly Supply Chain Wastes

Most resources used in a global supply chain add value - some do not. The resources consumed (such as people, time or equipment) that do not add value add cost and should be eliminated. This is the essence of the Toyota Production System, or Lean. This interactive workshop introduces principles that can be easily understood and applied in the workplace.


NAFTA Business Models and Entry Strategies

This workshop provides an overview of the NAFTA, it's significance to Mexico- and US-based companies, and opportunities for both trade and investment in the NAFTA region. Participants have the opportunity to learn strategies for taking advantage of the NAFTA to remain globally competitive and will present business and consumer market trends, market-entry evaluations, and logistical and tariff considerations. In addition, strategies for how businesses use rules of origin and multinational sourcing are addressed, along with several specific examples of operational cost and tariff modeling in company market entry strategies.


Identifying International Marketing Opportunities and Resources

This workshop identifies the advantage of exporting and discuss the different objectives involved in the process. Participants learn the value of market research in evaluating and selecting markets and entry strategies. In addition, the workshop highlights the influence of politics, laws, regulations and cultures on international marketing. The workshop also discusses the various export strategies, approaches and methods of marketing and distribution, and the local and international sources of information for conducting market research, getting export advice and finding buyers worldwide.

Need more info?

This workshop series is managed by the Ahlers Center for International Business and the Americas Competitiveness Center at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara and will be offered every spring.

Contact Erin Kellaway, external programs manager, at (619) 260-6809.