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Local businesses find value in Free Trade Agreements

Posted on September 17, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Local companies can learn how to get value out of Free Trade Agreements at a workshop presented by Grand Valley State University’s Van Andel Global Trade Center and sponsored by MiBiz.

“Getting Value out of Free Trade Agreements” will explore how an increase of new bi-lateral free trade agreements in the U.S. and abroad can create opportunities that benefit companies trading in these regions.

The workshop will be held Thursday, September 24, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids.

Topics include:
• Review of FTA agreements available
• Understanding rules of origin, tariff shift, regional value content and other concepts
• Examine qualifications for preferential duty treatment
• Learn to develop business strategies around FTAs

To register online, visit The cost for the workshop is $175 for VAGTC members, and $300 for non-members.

For more information, contact the Van Andel Global Trade Center at (616) 331-6811.

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