About Us

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Catherine J. Petersen is International Consultant and Principal of C J Petersen & Associates, LLC. She consults and instructs in the areas of Incoterms® rules, export and import documentation, free trade agreements, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. classification, managing forwarders, brokers and carriers, and letters of credit. She conducts research on freight transportation.

Ms. Petersen has been a freight forwarder and an ocean carrier representative; she has served as an educator for a variety of colleges and universities here and abroad. She has been active in the international arena since 1980, which led to her appointment on the Minnesota District Export Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee Number 14. She holds both graduate and under-graduate degrees from Mankato State University in regional planning. She is a Licensed Customs Broker, and she is a Certified Customs Specialist issued by National Customs Brokers Forwarders Association of America.


  • Incoterms® 2010 and the UCC: A Guide to International and Domestic Terms of Sale
  • Managing Forwarders, Brokers & Carriers in Your International Supply Chain
  • A U.S. Exporter’s Guide to Canada
  • Exporting: Regulations, Documentation, Procedures
  • Letters of Credit in International Trade: A User’s Guide             

Available Services

  • On-demand consulting
  • Export Management and Compliance Policy (EMCP)
  • Import Compliance Policy
  • Export and import compliance audits
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification and validation preparation, including development of the International Supply Chain Security Profile (ISCSP), preparation for Customs and Border Protection Validation Visit
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule Classification with personnel from companies upon completion of intensive training following Customs’ best practices for classification, which includes reference to the Explanatory Notes, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, the Customs On-Line Ruling Search System, Census’ Schedule B Search Engine, and a firm’s internal database
  • Export Compliance Seminars relative to regulations, documentation preparation, certificates of origin, Incoterms, export compliance procedures and policies, and several other details of the export process
  • Import Compliance Seminars relative to regulations, import entry reviews, Incoterms, import compliance procedures and policies, and the myriad details of the import process

Here is a partial list of our Clients.