Global Trade

In grad school I took a few courses dealing with global trade, the World Trade Organization, and other, at the time, mundane topics.

Today, as I work with a customs broker to complete an import form required by US Customs, I find myself reading the Official Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States International Trade Commission to identify the exact codes I need to determine the tariffs I will be required to pay, while also learning about various satellite tracking options I have to watch my shipments move across the seas.

It’s actually quite fascinating to jump into the global trade business, and move from rote classroom theory into real-world, hands-on applications.  In some nostalgic way, I sense the excitement early traders must have felt as they navigated all the obstacles and opportunities associated with global trade.