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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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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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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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Your Data is NOT Your Own at the Border

posted by Jennifer Diaz December 19, 2017 0 comments

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On November 15, 2017, DTL’s very own Jennifer Diaz, along with other experts, spoke at the AILA CLE Luncheon on travelers’ rights when encountering U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at airports and other ports of entry. As international travel continues to grow, coupled with increase national security efforts, it is imperative travelers know their rights when entering or exiting the U.S. Travelers enjoy taking their electronic devices with them for pleasure and/or work. Electronic devices hold considerable amounts of our personal or privileged information. 

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Importers: If you Can’t Answer These 12 Questions on Forced Labor You’re In Trouble!

posted by Jennifer Diaz December 12, 2017 0 comments

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An estimated 40.3 million people were living in modern slavery at any moment in time in 2016. This amounts to 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every thousand people in the world. Seventy three per cent of the victims of forced labor were female, and one in four victims were children. Forced labor accounted for 24.9 million people, while 15.4 million were in forced marriage.

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Trump Administration Tightens Cuba’s Sanctions Program 

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 9, 2017 0 comments

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.cuba relations

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 for the Cuban people”

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Peruvian Timber on the Hot Seat

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 27, 2017 0 comments

timberIn a press release, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) directed United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to block future timber imports from a Peruvian exporter, Inversiones Oroza SRL for three years or until it is determined that the company has complied with all applicable Peruvian laws, regulations, and other measures, whichever is shorter. This is the first enforcement action taken by the Interagency Committee on Trade in Timber Products from Peru (Timber Committee) under Continue Reading