Acadiana entrepreneurs looking to start an import business can learn more about opportunities and how to navigate the legal and financial maze of international commerce at a seminar this week in Lafayette.

The Lafayette International Center, with help from the Port of New Orleans, is holding sessions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the center, 735 Jefferson St.

The fee is $200, which can be paid Tuesday before the seminar starts. The fee also covers a one-on-one consultation with international business consultant Ruperto Chavarri, who will conduct the classes.

“This intensive training program is designed for individuals wising to start their own import business, as well as for new employees with companies already engaged in importation trade,” the International Center said in a news release.

The two-afternoon seminar will cover the basics such as starting an import business. Also covered will be pricing, quotations and dealing with customs requirements.

Also covered will be international banking, financing, transportation and documentation.

For more information, contact Christophe Pilut at or call him at (337) 291-5474.