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Jennifer Diaz is a Board Certified International Attorney, professor and professional speaker, considered an expert in international law by the Florida Bar. She is proud to be part of an elite group of Board Certified International attorneys in Florida specializing in Customs and International trade law. She is results oriented and regularly assist...s clients with issues relating to the import and export of merchandise to and from the United States and expediting supply chains with robust pre-compliance programs. Ms. Diaz is an expert in working with the many Federal agencies that regulate trade, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). She handles issues relating to “pre-compliance” including ensuring compliance with federal government agencies prior to importation or exportation. She assists clients with intellectual property right (IPR) protection, including registration of trademarks and copyrights with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and thereafter, recordation with CBP. Ms. Diaz successfully assists clients in navigating and ensuring compliance with CBP laws and regulations. This includes proper assessment of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), compliant country of origin labeling, valuation and free trade agreement usage. She routinely requests Binding Rulings from CBP to assist her clients with all necessary pre-compliance needs to ensure the use and documentation of “reasonable care”. She is passionate about assisting clients with successfully navigating CBP detentions, seizures, forfeitures, and mitigating of fines and penalties assessed by CBP. She has vast experience in assisting with responding to CBP Requests for Information (CBP Form 28), responding to Notices of Action (CBP Form 29), and submitting Protests to CBP. Ms. Diaz frequently assists companies in applying for and being accepted into the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, assisting with validations, as well as yearly updates and ongoing training. She ensures companies are in compliance with FDA by reviewing product labeling, assisting with registration and any necessary pre-market approval requirements for food, cosmetic, over the counter drug, dietary supplements, alcohol, tobacco and medical device products. She specializes in assisting in mitigating the impact of enforcement actions by federal government agencies. She successfully handles FDA detentions, refusals, voluntary recalls, removal from FDA’s import alert list, and responses to warning letters and FDA 483 inspection observations. Ms. Diaz is an adjunct Professor at Broward College teaching International Business Law and active in the community. She relishes in customizing personalized training to organizations and companies on topics of import and export compliance. Customs and international trade law has been Ms. Diaz’s exclusive focus since law school. She practiced law at Becker & Poliakoff’s Customs and International trade department upon graduation. She also gained valuable experience as a Senior Associate with KPMG’s Trade and Customs practice in Miami working with Fortune 500 companies to develop large scale compliance programs for consumer products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA); create importer policy and procedure manuals and assisted importers with binding ruling request submissions. She chaired the Customs and International Trade department at Becker & Poliakoff for 3 years prior to starting her own law firm. More
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2018 CTPAT Conference Dates Announced!

2018 CTPAT Conference Dates Announced!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to announce the 2018 CTPAT Conference. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. The conference will be September 12 and 13, 2018.  September 12, 2018, will be general session with multiple speakers and panel discussions.  September 13, 2018, will be a day of workshops.  Both days will begin at 8:00 am and conclude around 5:30 pm.  An agenda will not be provided ahead of the conference.  Agendas...
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U.S. issues additional Chinese Tariffs – Is Your Product on the List?

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On June 15 , President Trump kept true to his  May 29th promise  of imposing additional tariffs against Chinese goods. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has officially released the “ Section 301 Product List ”. The additional duties are effective on or after July 6, 2018. History We previously proved advised our readers of  President’s Trump directive is based upon the USTR Findings of the Investigation into China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices...
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CBP Releases New E-Commerce Strategy

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On December 1, 2016, we wrote about U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP)  new E-Commerce and Small Business Branch , which was created to help consumers and merchants safely navigate the complexities associated with the steady rise of global e-commerce. CBP defines  e-commerce  as high-volume, low-value shipments purchased via electronic means. E-commerce shipments pose the same health, safety, and economic security risks as containerized shipments, but the volume is higher and growing. Additionally, transnational criminal...
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Trump Administration Tightens Cuba’s Sanctions Program

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Since June 2017, we have been anxiously awaiting changes to the Cuba sanctions program since  President Trump signed an executive order  and emphatically stated that his administration would tighten loose regulations established under the Obama Administration. On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury stated, “We have strengthened our Cuba policies to channel economic activity away from the Cuban military and to encourage the government to move toward greater political and economic freedom...
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CTPAT “Your Supply Chains Strongest Link”

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I attended the  2017 CTPAT conference  in Detroit (August 29 – 30, 2017). After 2 days of CTPAT’ing, here is a list of my top 10 takeaways including the changes I see coming to the CTPAT program. There is a new name. Notice the – is officially gone, no more C-TPAT (despite all of us conditioned to using the -, it is no more. CTPAT it is. There is a new slogan – CTPAT “Your Supply Chains...
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New U.S. Policy on Cuba

New U.S. Policy on Cuba
We’ve been patiently waiting for this announcement since President Trump took office on Friday, January 20, 2017. Some have speculated on whether President Trump’s stance on Cuba would further diplomatic relations following the steps of former President Barack Obama, while the majority have opined that Trump’s next steps could reverse some of the changes made by the former President. The speculation can now be put to the side as today  President Trump delivered a speech...
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31,560 Shipments Were Seized by CBP in 2016 for ONE Reason

31,560 Shipments Were Seized by CBP in 2016 for ONE Reason
Last year, on a  typical day  the U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) seized about $3.8 million worth of products because of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Violations.  CBP reported  that the total number of IPR seizures has increased nine (9) percent since last year, from 28,865 in 2015 to 31,560 in 2016. With the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) exceeding $1.3 trillion. What is Causing the Increase in Seizures? Recordation of Trademark And Copyright With The CBP...
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Now, More than Ever, Be Wary of and Responsive to a CBP Form 28!

Now, More than Ever, Be Wary of and Responsive to a CBP Form 28!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), having previously identified AD/CVD evasion as priority trade issue , is ramping up its efforts to further combat AD/CVD evasion. Effective August 22, 2016, interested parties can, in addition to pursuing either a civil False Claims Act/Qui Tam Action or a criminal trade violation , now report Enforce and Protect Act (“EAPA”) violations using CBP’s e- Allegation mechanism . Who is an Interested Party? Interested parties qualified to use...
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Top 10 changes with Cuba as a result of new revised OFAC and BIS regulations

Top 10 changes with Cuba as a result of new revised OFAC and BIS regulations
As of January 27 th , 2016, both OFAC and the BIS have amended their regulations again, and below details the top 10 changes as a result.  The last update was on September 21, 2015, and can be found  here .  While the United States maintains its broad embargo on trade with Cuba, OFAC and BIS have released amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations designed to advance President Obama’s policy to engage and empower the...
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