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Course Summary

The documents associated with an export transaction reflect the fulfillment of the agreement between the buyer and seller and their understanding of U.S. regulatory requirements, which are an integral part of the export transaction. The CE U.S. Export Documents module will introduce learners to the different export documents prepared for a U.S. export shipment, basic U.S. export clearance, and related recordkeeping activities.

Users will receive a certificate of completion from George Mason University upon successful completion of this course.

Learning Objectives

Provide a basic understanding of the documentation that may be required in various situations to export or transfer goods from the U.S. and their uses, clearance procedures, and recordkeeping requirements.

Target Audience

Employees directly involved in the preparation of documentation required to affect an export from the U.S.

Course Duration: 31 minutes

Certificate of Completion: George Mason University

Course Outline


Training Objective

U.S. Export Documents

Key Definitions and Acronyms

  • Introduction
  • Parties to the Transaction
    • Buyer
    • Seller
    • Authorized Agent
    • Consignee
    • Carrier

Documents, Data, and Recordkeeping

  • Incoterms
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)
  • Schedule B
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Electronic Export Information (EEI)


  • Introduction
  • Key Export Documents
    • Commercial Invoice
    • Export Packing List
    • Shipper's Letter of Instruction (SLI)
    • AES Entry Report
    • Air Waybill
    • Ocean Bill of Lading
    • Certificate of Insurance
    • Generic Certificate of Origin
    • Certificate of Origin for Free Trade Agreements
    • Consular Invoice

Document Validation

Knowledge Check

Record Retention

Key Considerations for Export Shipments

  • Title Transfer
  • Freight Payment Terms
  • Knowledge Check


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