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In 1992, Catherine Petersen founded C J Petersen & Associates, LLC, a research, training and consulting firm located in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She has designed documentation and procedure manuals for importers and exporters, and has co-authored three highly regarded training manuals. Ms. Petersen is an engaging speaker and instructor on international commercial documentation, regulations, as well as transportation and payment procedures for international commercial transactions.

Ms. Petersen has extensive practical experience, having been active in international business since 1980. She combines her real world experience and commitment to excellence with carefully chosen experts and specialists to provide you with complete solutions to your unique problems and opportunities.

Ms. Petersen holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in regional planning from Mankato State University, Minnesota. In 2005, Catherine J. Petersen was awarded a Customs Broker License by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The International Chamber of Commerce has issued her the certificate of achievement for their Incoterms® 2010 on-line course.

She has recently been appointed by the US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to the International Trade Advisory Committee on Customs Matters and Trade Facilitation (ITAC 14) as a representative of the Great Plains International Trade Association and of the U.S. small-and medium-sized business industry sector working to advance customs matters and trade facilitation issues.

In addition, she is active in several organizations including:

  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Great Plains International Trade Association, SD
  • International Compliance Professionals Association
  • Midwest Global Trade Association, MN
  • Minnesota District Export Council, Minneapolis, MN
  • Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee, MN/DOT, MN
  • Minnesota International Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C. - International Trade Committee, (Emeritus, 2008)

Here is a partial list of our Clients.