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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

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CBP’s 2017 EAST COAST TRADE SYMPOSIUM

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 26, 2017 0 comments

tradeUPDATE – CBP JUST OPENED UP REGISTRATION TODAY for its EAST COAST Trade Symposium!

We always strive to keep you informed of the latest and greatest trade events. In this vain, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be hosting the 2017 EAST Coast Trade Symposium on Continue Reading

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The UGG Boots Story: How Recording Your Registered Trademark Can Lead to a Jail Sentence

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 19, 2017 0 comments

At the end of September 2017, Shi Wei Zheng, 42, plead guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. During a five-month period, Zheng trafficked over 15,000 pairs of counterfeit UGG boots, with a total estimated retail value of over $2.5 million.
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Zheng created an elaborate scheme in order to receive and sell counterfeit UGG boots. From September 2016 through February 2017, Zheng received several shipping containers from an individual overseas, of which at least three containers were filled with counterfeit UGG boots. After the containers reached the Port of Entry, in this instance, Port of Newark, Zheng had individuals working at the port, remove the containers from the port before U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) could examine them. Once removed, the containers were delivered to other individuals, paid by Zheng to distribute the counterfeit boots in New Jersey and other places. Continue Reading

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UPDATE: FDA Delays Compliance Dates for the New Nutrition Facts Label Rule

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 6, 2017 0 comments

 

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In an earlier article, we detailed some of the new changes that would be implemented with the new Nutrition Facts Label rule. That article also provided the compliance dates for the rule. On September 29,2017, however, the FDA proposed yet another deadline extension for food companies to bring their products’ labeling into compliance with the new Nutrition Facts Label rule. Amid concerns of requiring more time to implement the final rules, raised by trade groups and companies, the FDA decided to further delay the compliance dates. The proposed extension dates are January 1, 2020, for companies with food sales of $10 million or more a year and January 1, 2021, for companies with less than $10 million a year in food sales.

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Essential Oils Company to Pay $760K for Lacey Act Violations

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 25, 2017 0 comments

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The Justice Department announced YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS, L.C., (the Company), headquartered in Lehi, Utah, plead guilty in federal court to federal misdemeanor charges regarding its illegal trafficking of rosewood oil and spikenard oil in violation of the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act. Continue Reading

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FDA Extends Compliance Dates for the New Nutrition Facts Label Rule

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 11, 2017 0 comments

 

Nutrition FactsTake a look at any food label. Check out the back panel entitled, “Nutrition Facts”. It should look similar to the image on the left. Take a look at the total carbohydrate. In this sample, the total carbs is 37g, with 4g of dietary fiber, and 1g of sugar. That leaves 32g of carbohydrates unaccounted for! What are those carbs you might wonder? Well, a majority of them are added sugars.

On May 20, 2016 the FDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts label final rule for packaged foods. It was the first major update, and regulation, to the nutrition facts label in 20 years. The FDA’s regulation targeted sugars, in particular “added sugars”, and provided a major update to the amount of nutrients people customarily consume. Additionally, the nutrition facts label received a face lift.

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Importing into the United States in Compliance with CBP

posted by Jennifer Diaz June 15, 2017 0 comments

If you import merchandise into the U.S., you may not realize, but, you are the responsible party!

In this presentation, noted speaker Jennifer Diaz will discuss how compliance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) vast laws and regulations. By the end of the webinar you will know and understand the importance of tariff classification, customs valuation, country of origin marking, intellectual property rights and free trade agreements.

You will also learn basic customs concepts and terms like CBP Form 7501, protests, seizure cases, liquidated damage claims, penalties/fines, prior disclosures, and the FP&F process. Additionally, Jennifer will share with you the top 10 tips when importing to ensure compliance with CBP. This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all importers, customs brokers, and all trade professionals.

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Does Your Medical Device Have a Unique Device Identification (UDI)?

posted by Jennifer Diaz June 14, 2017 0 comments

We’ve previously kept you informed on how to determine whether your product is regulated as medical device by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and how to register your medical devices with the Agency. On June 2, 2017, FDA issued a letter to Device Labelers of certain classes informing of extended compliance dates for UDI requirements. Today we are providing more information on medical device labeling requirements – specifically the new Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirement. Continue Reading

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WHAT DO CONTACT LENSES, DENTAL FLOSS, AND PACEMAKERS HAVE IN COMMON?

posted by Jennifer Diaz June 12, 2017 0 comments

Medical DevicesOne might naturally think of a product like a defibrillator as a medical device, but in our business, we find many companies unsure if its products are, in fact, medical devices.

The following is the first of a two part series which you may use as a helpful guide to get you through the medical device maze. First is a description of what medical devices are, and helpful hints so that you may identify if your product is regulated as a medical device. Second is a brief overview of FDA’s regulation of medical devices. The second part of the series will discuss the classes of medical devices, and the FDA registration process.

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