Massachusetts Export Center

Calendar of International Training and Events

The Massachusetts Export Center offers a wide variety of training events for both the beginner and advanced exporter. Please take a moment to review our payment and cancellation policies.

Please read this important registration information:

  • For events that are no charge for Compliance Alliance members, please disregard any payment instructions on the registration form.
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2021 Training Calendar
13 Global Trade Shipping Update: Trends in Inbound, Outbound and Global Air & Ocean Cargo
11 Trends in U.S. Export Controls for the Electronics and Semiconductor Sector in Greater China
   TBA - June/July
TBA Trends in Withhold Release Orders and Forced Labor Customs Enforcement
























Program Descriptions

Restricted Party List Trends & Best Practices

Screening is a seemingly simple yet utterly complex task for many exporters. And if screening wasn’t already challenging enough, in recent years, the U.S. government has dramatically increased its use of restricted party lists as a go-to tool for national security and trade dispute purposes. These actions have resulted in a proliferation of restricted parties strewn across multiple lists administered by different government agencies, each with its own rules for compliance.

This webinar will review each of the various restricted party lists, including guidelines for compliance and implications for licensing. The webinar will also review recent trends with the different lists, such as the dramatically increased use of the Entity List, newly-published military end user lists, increased use of the DOD 1237 list, and more, along with best practices for screening and due diligence in this complex and dynamic environment.

Speakers include:

  • Luciano Racco, Counsel & Co-Chair, Trade Sanctions & Export Controls Practice — Foley Hoag LLP [bio]
  • Shrutih Tewarie, Partner & Deputy Chair, Trade Sanctions & Export Controls Practice — Foley Hoag LLP [bio]

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: $25 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

Using a Risk-Based Approach to Build Your Export Compliance Program

Any company that is serious about exporting needs a formal export compliance program in place. Export compliance programs demonstrate a company’s commitment to compliance and outline specific policies and procedures to ensure compliance, taking into account the company’s entire global organization, specific products and technologies, international business activities and more. Developing and managing a truly functional and adaptable export compliance program can be an overwhelming and challenging task for many businesses, however.

This webinar will provide practical guidance on using a risk-based approach to building your export compliance program. Learn how to address your unique global trade compliance risks while simplifying implementation and maximizing team adoption of your program.

The webinar will cover: elements of an export compliance program; risk assessment export compliance team building; integration of export compliance operations; and other critical elements for an effective export compliance program. The webinar will also touch upon assessing the effectiveness of export compliance, operations, auditing, and maintaining a dynamic compliance program that keeps pace with organizational and regulatory changes.

Our speakers will be:

  • Thomas Andrukonis, Senior Director, Export Controls & Sanctions — FTI Consulting, Inc. [bio]
  • Eric Rudolph, Senior Director, Export Controls & Sanctions — FTI  Consulting, Inc. [bio]

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021  
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST  
Location: Online  
Cost: $25 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

Biden on Trade: The First 100 Days and Beyond

If there is one thing that U.S. businesses have learned in recent years, it is that the Executive Branch can wield extraordinary power to implement sweeping changes in trade policy. As we approach the 100-day mark of the Biden Administration, certain indicators, such as key trade appointments, development of a trade policy agenda and official statements are all helping us to better understand the outlook for international trade in the coming years.

Join us for this webinar, which will discuss possible upcoming shifts in trade policy, as well as continued implementation of trade-related legislation and the outlook for reauthorization of Trade Promotion Authority later in 2021. Specifically, the webinar will assess the future of export controls, economic sanctions, free trade policy, tariff and Customs policy, regulatory enforcement and more.

The webinar will also address issues such ongoing trade negotiations with China, the ebb and flow of the U.S. relationship with our key global trade allies, and the outlook for the U.S. to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the possible impact on sanctions. Join us to hear from trade policy experts who will provide practical guidance on preparing global business operations for the future.

Speakers include:

  • Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade & Government Relations — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. [bio]
  • Paula Connelly, Member — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. [bio]
  • Kristine Pirnia, Member, Export Controls and Sanctions Practice Leader — Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. [bio]

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online
Cost: No Charge  
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110

Global Trade Shipping Update: Trends in Inbound, Outbound and Global Air & Ocean Cargo

We are a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and delays continue to plague companies engaged in global trade, resulting in crippling congestion at ports worldwide. The pandemic has created a shortage of workers and a glut of inbound cargo caused by increased consumer demand. Additionally, fallout from the recent blockage of the Suez Canal is expected to cause further global shipping delays in the weeks and months ahead. These supply chain disruptions have caused frustration and have been costly as businesses are waiting longer for supplies and paying higher prices for workarounds to receive and deliver their goods. And the impacts of inbound delays have trickled down, resulting in reduced capacity and increased delays on outbound cargo as well.  

Join us to hear from industry experts who will provide an update on global shipping, discussing the trends in inbound, outbound and global air & ocean cargo, as well as mitigation tips for managing delays and supply chain disruption.  

Speakers include:  

  • Kristen Morneau, Senior Advisor — Mohawk Global [bio]
  • Rich Roche, Vice President, International Transportation — Mohawk Global [bio]

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021  
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST  
Location: Online   
Cost: No Charge
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110


Trends in U.S. Export Controls for the Electronics and Semiconductor Sector in Greater China

The past several years have witnessed steadily tightening U.S. export controls for the electronics and semiconductor sector, particularly as they relate to U.S. firms doing business in and with China. Increased use of the Entity List to sanction leading Chinese companies such as ZTE and Huawei, and major changes to the Foreign Produced Direct Product Rule to choke off supply of foreign-produced products and technology destined for Huawei, are just a couple of examples of these tightening controls. And the changes keep coming in 2021, with the addition of more major Chinese players, such as SMIC and Xiaomi, and several smaller industry players, to restricted party lists.

This webinar will provide insight into the U.S. export regulatory landscape for electronics and semiconductor firms doing business in and with China. The webinar will provide the latest on sanctioned parties, trends on regulatory tools used to impose sanctions, the impact of changes to the Foreign Produced Direct Product Rule, licensing trends and requirements for Huawei and other sanctioned parties, military end use restrictions, due diligence best practices for companies operating in the sector, and more. Join us to gain insight on compliance risk mitigation strategies for doing business in this complex, high-stakes and dynamic environment.

Our speaker will be:

  • Daniel Fisher-Owens, Partner — Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP [bio]

Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST  
Location: Online  
Cost: $25 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members
Contact: Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6110


Partners for Trade Training Policies (updated February 2020)

credit cardRegistration: Preregistration is required for all seminars. Please register early. Webinar registration typically closes at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the webinar. Registration for in-person events typically closes at 12 noon on the business day prior to the event. Unless an event is full, walk-ins are allowed (see walk-in section below). This information will be noted in the seminar description on this web page.

Payment: We require payment at the time of registration via credit card. Do not email any credit card information. We do NOT accept credit card payments at the door. We also do not accept cash, checks or purchase orders, nor do we invoice participants for training.

Cancellations/Refunds: If you cancel your registration at least 48 hours prior to the event, you will be entitled to a refund minus a $10 processing fee. No refund will be given on notifications received after that time or in any no-show situation. All cancellation and refund requests must be submitted via email to The Export Center reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a seminar due to insufficient enrollment or other circumstances. In the case of cancellation, registration fees will be refunded.

Walk-Ins: If the program description on our website or registration form indicates that the seminar is full, walk-ins are not allowed. Otherwise, you may complete a walk-in registration and bring the completed form to seminar. If the seminar has a fee, you must make a credit card payment in advance as we do not accept credit cards at the door. Please bring a copy of your payment receipt, along with the completed walk-in registration form.

No Shows: Due to the costs we incur as a result of people who register for seminars and do not attend or cancel, we will bill unpaid registrants for the full cost of the seminar unless cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event. For free seminars, no shows who don't cancel will be charged a fee to cover food and materials costs.

Seminars are offered a at nominal fee; therefore we do not offer any discount pricing. Seminar materials are for attendees only.

If you have questions or need clarification on these policies, please email