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CBP’s 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium…Don’t Miss It!

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 20, 2017 4 Comments

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UPDATE – CBP JUST ANNOUNCED TODAY that registration will OFFICIALLY open on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:00 pm Eastern. Keep your eyes peeled for more information from CBP!

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 West Coast Trade Symposium from May 24-25 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More information about the event, including where to register, will be provided at a later date (and will be posted here). You can be sure we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more.

If you need reasons to attend (or to get your employer to foot the bill), check out these top 5 reasons!

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CBP EAST COAST Trade Symposium (#ECTS2016) Dec 1-2, 2016!

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 11, 2016 2 Comments

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The CBP East Coast Trade Symposium theme is “Trade’s Impact on American Health, Safety and Economic Prosperity” and will take place from December 1-2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

Our top 5 reasons to attend including an invite to a premier networking event are below!

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Jen Diaz to Speak on Import Regulations

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 6, 2014 0 comments

IBTE2014 FLYERThe 11th Annual International Business Trade Expo (IBTE), “Expanding Beyond Our Borders,” will be held Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 

The event promotes international trade and highlights the significant impact that bilateral trade has in South Florida’s economy. IBTE is hosted by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) in partnership with: Florida Chamber of Commerce; Enterprise Florida; City of Lauderhill; Broward Center for the Performing Arts; Unique Production International, and MD Marketing Network.

Business leaders from across the globe will convene to strategize on how to promote and expand bilateral trade between Florida the Caribbean and Latin America. Attendees will hear from experts on trade issues and regulations affecting Florida’s international business economy, and more.

Featured Speakers, Panels and Workshops are listed below:

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Jennifer Diaz Teaches Two Medical Device Seminars at FIME

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 1, 2014 0 comments
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I’m pleased to be back for my fourth year teaching at FIME! For those of you that don’t know, FIME was rated the #1 medical show in the USA by Successful Meetings Magazine. FIME runs from August 6-8, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  You still have limited time to register to attend the conference and my seminars! Continue Reading

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Time to Register – 2014 C-TPAT Conference

posted by Jennifer Diaz July 22, 2014 2 Comments

forkliftIt’s officially time to register for the 2014  C-TPAT National Conference.

Despite substantial scrutiny and restriction due to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines for government sponsored conferences, a scaled back C-TPAT conference will go on.  This year’s theme will be “C-TPAT: Partnering in Supply Chain Security and Facilitation for the 21st Century.”

Here’s what you need to know:

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What You Missed at the C-TPAT Conference

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 18, 2013 0 comments

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism is a voluntary government-business initiative that builds cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT is widely recognized as one of the most effective means of providing the highest level of cargo security through close cooperation with international supply chain businesses such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. At CBP’s C-TPAT Conference held on January 8-9, 2013, CBP announced major updates to C-TPAT – lucky for you, I’ve recapped the highlights for you below.

Trusted Trader Program

  • CBP proposes to combine CBP’s ISA program with C-TPAT.  Additionally, if importers choose to be part of the Trusted Trader Program, they can take advantage of “joint validations” with other government agencies (OGA’s).  CBP and TSA have already been performing joint validations for 9 months.  Trade is concerned that OGA’s will go on fishing expeditions while validating and no guarantees have been made from CBP that OGA’s won’t. This is a major concern for some (rightfully so!).
  • CBP is seeking comments regarding its new Trusted Trader Program. Please email any comments here.

Internal Conspiracies

Top conspiracy indicators to look for are:

  • Anyone taking photos of entrances, fencing, hours of operation, etc..
  • Anyone interested in stow plans, employee schedules, transit routes, and GPS
  • Anyone in financial distress
  • Anyone attempting to access a system that they have no authorization to access
  • Anyone showing up to work on a day off or with large bags
  • Anyone entering restricted zones without access

Container Inspection

Use the VVTT process:

  • View seal and container locking hardware
  • Verify seal #
  • Tug on seal to make sure it is on right
  • Twist and turn seal to make sure it doesn’t unscrew.

Most Common Areas of Failed Criteria:

  • Conveyance Security – tracking an monitoring                    51%
  • Container Security – sealing/ container inspection               49%
  • Business Partners – screening and subcontracting              46%
  • Personnel Security – background checks                            31%

SW Border Strategies 

  • 86% of the time the drivers are responsible and have some involvement in conspiracies
  • There were 41 seizures representing C-TPAT companies in 2012
  • There are 160 underground tunnels from Mexico the U.S. or Canada to the U.S.

Evidence of Implementation

Suspensions and removals from January 2002-November 2012:

  • 403 importers suspended due to validation issues
  • 339 were removed from C-TPAT

CBP expects:

  • C-TPAT Manuals including all minimum security procedures
  • Documentation of audits, checklists, appropriate training
  • Assurance that all documentation is uploaded into the portal
  • Checklists to be uploaded that are filled out (blank forms will no longer be acceptable)
  • Photo and video evidence of implementation may be requested
  • If you DON’T contact your CBP Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) when illegal activity is detected, it is a STRIKE against you

Visitor logs

  • Only for unknown visitors
  • Don’t let visitors sign themselves in!

C-TPAT Portal 2.0 

  • Expect changes to the portal in the summer, it’s in early prototype stages now
  • You will not have to be a C-TPAT member to create a user account
  • SVI numbers will go away, tracking will be done using a business name and type
  • Members will have the ability to share documents
  • The new structure will give you the ability to combine common security practices, this is beneficial if you have more than one user account

Thomas Winkowski, Acting COO of CBP 

  • Over 55% of goods entering the U.S. are from C-TPAT certified partners
  • CBP is pushing for more Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA’s)
  • CBP currently has 7 MRA’s in place
  • MRA’s on the horizon with Taiwan, China, Israel and Mexico

Kevin McAleenan, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations (OFO) 

  • CBP is working on advancing benefits to C-TPAT members
  • New CBP Director Lauren Koffer was announced!  

Dan Baldwin, Executive Director

 

Currently CBP has:

  • 10,452 certified partners
  • 158 – CBP staffing level
  • 328 – Tier 3 IOR’s
  • 22,223 – Total Validations Completed since inception

Concern regarding budget and number of validations CBP will be able to complete for FY13

  • In 2012 there were 822 new companies that applied for C-TPAT & 693 of those were certified

Barry Brandman, President, Danbee Investigations

 

Top 5 best practices:

  1. Must enlist senior management support
  2. Culture and security excellence (Don’t meet standards, exceed them)
  3. Apply checks and balances throughout (Anticipate that your first line of defense will fail)
  4. Strategically utilize security technology
  5. Diligently audit safeguards to expose weaknesses

If you have questions regarding submitting a C-TPAT application, C-TPAT validations, advancing in tier status, or any pending C-TPAT program changes, feel free to contact me.   

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2nd Conference of the Americas

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog April 26, 2011 0 comments

The International Bar Association’s 2nd Conference of the Americas takes place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, Florida, May 4-6, 2011. The inaugural Conference of the Americas took place in Mexico City in 2008.   The International Bar Association (IBA) is the largest legal organization in the world.

This Second Conference will again be the perfect opportunity for legal professionals from North America and South America to network, share information, and identify issues, concerns and opportunities across the Americas’ legal markets and jurisdictions.  The Program sessions are focused on 8 areas:

  1. The region in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
  2. Cartel enforcement and leniency programs.
  3. International trade.
  4. Taxation
  5. Dispute resolution.
  6. Energy issues and infrastructure.
  7. Social networking.
  8. General Counsel Forum.

This event is also supported by the International Law Section of the Florida Bar Association.  The Conference Program Co-Chairs are Pierre Bienvenu based in Montreal, Peter Quinter based in Miami, and Claudio Undurraga based in Santiago.  To register for the conference, please do so on-line.  For questions, please contact any of the three people above.

I look forward to seeing you in Miami.

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Medical Devices Seminar

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog August 6, 2009 0 comments

On August 14, 2009, Jennifer Diaz and I will speak at the annual FIME Conference taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida. The FIME Conference is one of the largest trade shows in the United Stated attended by medical device manufacturers, importers, and distributors from throughout the United States and Latin America.

The seminar topic is “How to Effectively Resolve Typical U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues for Medical Devices.”

Medical devices are strictly regulated by the FDA.  We will discuss how to handle everyday examples of difficult issues with he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  FDA issues include what to do if you receive a "Notice of FDA Action" or a "Warning Letter" that could potentially state you must stop producing or importing certain medical devices.  FDA may allege that the device is adulterated because you do not have an approved Premarket Approval Application (PMA) to demonstrate that the device is safe and effective for the new intended uses for which you are marketing it. In addition, the FDA may allege that a device is misbranded because you have not submitted a section 510(k) premarket notification to notify the FDA of your intent to introduce the device into commercial distribution for these new intended uses. Your company may have its imported merchandise authomatically detained by the FDA because it is on the "detention without physical examination" list.  Fortunately, there is a procedure to get off that list.

Effectively resolving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues includes appropriately responding when CBP says your medical devices are under "detention," or will be "seized" and "forfeited".   You will also learn the appropriate response after you receive a "liquidated damages claim" up to $75,000 from CBP.