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A Smoother Road to Exporting Vehicles: CBP’s New Electronic Validation Export Program

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 20, 2018 0 comments

boatsIn our previous post “Knowing The Rules Of The Road: Exporting Cars From The U.S.”, we discussed CBP’s laws and regulations that must be followed to successfully export vehicles from the United States to foreign destinations. Failure to do so could result in the imposition of severe penalties — up to $10,000. Additionally, we provided a quick guide on how to export your vehicle form the United States, which provided all the documents required to successfully export your vehicle. Continue Reading

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My Freight Forwarder Is Requesting A Shipper’s Letter of Instruction, Now What?

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 13, 2018 0 comments

exportClients who export often ask us for guidance on whether to complete a Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI). It’s important for our readers to understand the benefits of correctly completing the SLI provided to you by your freight forwarder.

The main benefit of an SLI is federal regulatory compliance! Prior to your goods being exported, Foreign Trade Regulations require a freight forwarder to transmit certain information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on your behalf. To efficiently gather the required authorizations to act on your behalf and the information needed to be transmitted, the trade community developed a SLI.

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FDA Takes New Steps in Oversight of Imported Foods

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 6, 2018 0 comments

FDA-Inspection-Financial-RiskFDA announced that it has recognized the first accreditation body under the voluntary Accredited Third-Party Certification Program created by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The organization being recognized is ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), an organization jointly owned by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This organization is being recognized because it met the applicable FDA requirements, validated through application review and on-site assessment.  FDA is recognizing ANAB for a five year term of recognition. (For more information on FDA’s standards for recognition, see: Key Facts about the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program) Continue Reading

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FDA Announces Enforcement Discretion Under FSMA

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 25, 2018 0 comments

diceOn January 4, 2011, Congress enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), aiming to protect the public by ensuring the U.S. food supply is safe through prevention and enforcement. The FSMA included seven foundational rules, which we summarized in our FSMA: Stay Compliant with DTL’s ‘PICTURE’! blog. Continue Reading

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Food Importers – Want to Expedite Your Importations with FDA?

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 23, 2018 0 comments

 earthOn January 2, 2018, FDA announced that it expects to begin accepting applications in early 2018 for its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which we first advised you of back in 2015. VQIP is a voluntary, fee-based program for importers that will allow expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the United States for approved applicants who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains. Below are the most important VQIP questions and answers from the FDA. Continue Reading

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2018 Seminars – We Want to Hear from YOU!

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 17, 2018 0 comments
seminarDTL is Planning Our 2018 Seminars AND WANTS YOUR Input!!
We want our 2018 Seminars to answer the import/export questions you have! Please provide your
comments by voting below!

Please VOTE here!

If you have any specific comments you want to share with us, please email us at info@diaztradelaw.com.

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Help Us Celebrate 2017 Successes!

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 15, 2018 0 comments

DTL saved clients MILLIONS of dollars in 2017, below we list a summary of some of our compliance successes! Let us assist you in 2018!

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

  • Assisted importers in filing prior disclosures that were accepted by CBP and/or DOC and avoiding substantial penalties.
  • Assisted importers in successfully responding to CBP 28’s and 29’s resulting in close outs, and no further enforcement action by CBP!
  • Assisted importers in creating and maintaining pre-compliance programs to evaluate intellectual property rights and pre-report merchandise to CBP resulting in expedited entry into the U.S. with no delays or examinations by CBP. Continue Reading
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Your Cheat Sheet to Comply With CBP’s Forced Labor Requirements

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 11, 2018 0 comments

4444 We recently advised our readers of the 12 Questions on Forced Labor the import community must answer in order to comply with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) amended Reasonable Care Checklist. This checklist was released September 2017 to:

  1. Comply with the informed compliance requirement of Title VI of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 103-182, 107 Stat. 2057) (Mod Act) and,
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OWIT International President to Host OWIT South Florida Breakfast

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 4, 2018 0 comments

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Our very own Diaz Trade Law President, Jennifer Diaz, is also the newly elected President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). OWIT International was established in 1989 and is a global association for women in international trade and business. Our 2,000-plus members impact hundreds of millions of dollars in trade and business transactions annually. OWIT’s focus is on adding value to our corporate, mid-sized, small business and individual members around the world. OWIT serves as the unifying body of a network of chapters spanning the globe in the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa.

OWIT South Florida (the premier networking organization in South Florida for women and men involved in international trade and business) is one of 22 chapters of OWIT around the globe. OWIT South Florida has numerous events throughout the year. Diaz Trade Law is proud to host the next breakfast event at our office.

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Recap of the CBP East Coast Trade Symposium (& Dates for 2018!)

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 3, 2018 0 comments

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As you know (for those of you who have been following our blog), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held its annual East Coast Trade Symposium on December 5-6, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. Below summarizes the panels I attended, would love your thoughts if you were there. For those that couldn’t make it – hope below proves useful as a summary for you!

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The event kicked off with Brenda B. Smith, CBP’s Office of Trade Executive Assistant Commissioner, introducing CBP’s trade strategy and the four important lanes CBP is focusing on:

 

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