Mastering Import & Export Management



Book Title:  Mastering Import & Export Management, 3rd Ed
Author:  Thomas A. Cook with Kelly Raia
Publisher:  AMACOM (now HarperCollins Leadership)
List Price:  $85.00 Hardcover and $53.99 eBook
Format: Hardcover and eBook, 688 pages
Publication Date: August 2017  
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3820-6
Reviewer: Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, CAPM
Review Date: December 2018



Mastering Import & Export Management, Third Edition, is an expansive, detailed, yet easy-to-read reference covering virtually every topic that one needs to consider when conducting business across the globe.  Increasing globalization of business impacts organizations large and small, commercial and governmental.  Many professionals in purchasing, import/export, project management, specialized transportation, supply chain and logistics, and education will be grateful for the authors’ guidance through the navigation of the many laws, guidelines, contract terms, insurance and risk practices, processes, and old-fashioned, hard-learned experience of import/export traders shared by our authors.

This book also provides the reader with both historical perspective and some geo-political commentary which is important to fully understanding the business of global trade. Most importantly, the Third Edition provides up-to-date information that is relevant to this Post-9/11 world in which we conduct business, and an abundant appendix that permits one to examine actual documents that are required to fully execute the import and export of goods around the world.  While global trade is discussed, much of the specific advice is pointed at US organizations doing business with firms in other countries.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Mastering Import & Export Management, Third Edition is arranged in three broad sections: The Global Supply Chain, Export Operations and Import Operations.  The sections are preceded by a Foreword and Preface and followed by a 418-page appendix and eight-page alphabetical topic index.

Material is arranged as follows:

FOREWORD – by Spencer Ross, Chairman Emeritus, National Institute for World Trade, NY, NY


SECTION ONE: The Global Supply Chain – Eight chapters: Purchasing Management Skill Sets in Foreign Markets  ~ Freight, Logistics, and Specialized Transport ~ Risk Management in International Business ~ Technology in Global Trade ~ Global Personnel Deployment and Structure ~ Developing Resources in the Import/Export Supply Chain Management ~ Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses, Free Trade Agreements, and Business with China ~ Essential Overview of Import/Export Compliance and Security Management: Post-9/11.

SECTION TWO: Export Operations – One chapter: Export Management: Incoterms, Documentation, Compliance, Operations, and Export Supply Chain Skill Sets


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About the Reviewer

Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, CAPM

North Texas, USA



Patt Chowdhury
, Managing Principal and Consultant at Patt Chowdhury Advisors LLC, is a marketing executive and cross-functional senior manager with extensive experience in program and project management, marketing operations, product management, process development and information technology at iconic, global Fortune 500 brands in the information technology and travel and transportation industries. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dallas Gupta College of Business where she teaches marketing and management courses in the MBA and MS programs. Patt is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) and a Six Sigma Black Belt. She is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter where she serves as Director, Lunch and Learn Program Series. She holds an MBA in International Management, a Master of Management (MM) degree in Telecommunications Management, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing and a certificate in Product Management.

Patt can be contacted at [email protected] or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/pattchowdhury


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