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VOTING Ends Today – Top Trade Attorney Jennifer Diaz Legal Luminary Award Finalist

posted by Jennifer Diaz July 17, 2017 0 comments

NJennifer DiazORTH MIAMI, Fla. – July 10, 2017 – PRLog — President of DIAZ TRADE LAW, P.A., Jennifer Diaz, Esq, specializing in Customs and International Trade Services, has been nominated as finalist for the Dade County Bar Association’s Legal Luminary Awards in the “International” category.

With over 71,000 nominations cast, Jennifer joins a select group who will attend the Association’s Awards Gala on July 26. Between now and July 17, 2017, judges and lawyers will choose between the finalists in each category and the winner will be announced at the Gala. Members of the Bar are welcome to cast their VOTE HERE: https://dadecountybar.site-ym.com/page/legalluminariesvote. Continue Reading

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Jen Diaz Honored as Rising Star by DBR

posted by Jennifer Diaz July 19, 2013 0 comments

On July 18, 2013, the Daily Business Review (DBR) announced the 40 young Florida lawyers chosen as 2013 Rising Stars by a panel of DBR judges. I’m proud to announce I have been selected as one of the 40 Rising Stars!

The article stated:

Our panel carefully reviewed more than 125 nominations of attorneys 40 years old and under who have established themselves as top contributors to the practice of law and their communities, and are in a position to become tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.

See the list of the 40 Rising Star honorees.

Profiles of all the Rising Stars will appear in a DBR special section on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and an event honoring their accomplishments will be held that night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Bankers Club in downtown Miami, One Biscayne Tower, Biscayne Room, 14th Floor.

For those who wish to attend the event to honor the Rising Stars, please contact Andre Sutton at asutton@alm.com or (757) 721-9020. The event’s main sponsor is Ice Legal.

Congratulations to the 2013 Rising Stars.

-David Lyons, Editor in Chief
-Chris Mobley, Publisher

I’m honored to have been selected and invite you to join me as we celebrate on September 18th at the Bankers Club.
 

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Expedite Your International Expansion Strategy

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 12, 2013 0 comments

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Expedite Your International Expansion Strategy

UPS is sponsoring a free International Symposium and breakfast hosted by David Ruiz, President of the UPS Florida District.

Learn how you can expedite your company’s international expansion strategy with the help of the UPS.

Topics Include:

  • How to Make Connections in Emerging Markets,
    Sandra Campbell, Director, Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center, US Commercial Services
  • Navigating International Trade Laws and Regulations,
    Jennifer Diaz, Attorney at Law, Board Certified in International Law, Becker & Poliakoff
  • How to Finance the Global Supply Chain
    Vicki Marks, Manager, UPS Capital
  • UPS Solutions to Demystify International Logistics
    Rusty Richardson, International Area Sales Manager, UPS

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

UPS APAC Facility
111 S US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33619

Breakfast Starts at 8:00 a.m.
Symposium Concludes at 11:30 a.m.

Click Here for Event Flyer.

Please Contact Olga Diaz (olgadiaz@ups.com)
to RSVP or for additional information.

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Don’t Let Your Currency be Seized When Traveling Internationally – TOP TIPS

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 20, 2012 2 Comments

The holidays are approaching… Do you intend to carry “monetary instruments” when traveling internationally?

Read on, these TOP 5 Tips when carrying “monetary instruments” above $10,000 can save you a U.S. Customs Seizure Case.

Here are your top tips to assure you get it right, and you’re not screaming “Help – U.S. Customs Took my Money at the Airport”.

1. If you intend to carry over $10,000 in monetary instruments, including travelers checks and U.S. or foreign money, you MUST fill out the required form, FINCEN Form 105.  Note, it is PERFECTLY acceptable to travel with currency, you JUST have to report it. Don’t be scared to do so.

2. Review U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s “Currency Reporting” flyer.  Make sure you memorize what “monetary instruments” consist of:

  • U.S. or foreign coins and currency;
  • Travelers checks (in any form);
  • Negotiable Instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders – in a transferable form);
  • Incomplete instruments (checks, promissory notes, and money orders) that are signed with a payees name omitted;
  • Securities or stock in bearer form (in a transferable form)

3. Make sure you can explain the legitimate source of the money.

4. Make sure you can explain the legitimate intended use of the money.

5. Don’t divide currency for the purpose of evading reporting requirements.

Check out CBP’s recent seizures of currency and DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!:

 

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South Florida’s Unsung Heroes Gain Recognition on November 15, 2012

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 6, 2012 0 comments

For over a decade, the South Florida Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women, has hosted the International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards.

On November 15, 2012, the OWIT-South Florida will host the 11th annual IBWOY Awards at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral. The annual IBWOY Awards recognize outstanding women for their significant contributions to enhancing international trade and business in South Florida through their professional and community activities, as well as their mentoring of other women in South Florida. More than 200 members of the South-Florida International Business Community, including past IBWOY Award winners, gather to pay tribute to honorees in three categories which include Large Company, Small to Medium sized Company and Service awards.

I look forward to seeing you on November 15th!  Check out these links to more about OWIT’s IBWOY Awards and the benefits of sponsorshipContact me with any questions about OWIT, or IBWOY.

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Becker & Poliakoff Attorney Jennifer Diaz Recognized As OWIT 2011 Member Of The Year

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog March 28, 2012 1 Comment

The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), with more 2,000 members in 26 affiliate chapters worldwide, has recognized attorney Jennifer Diaz as its 2011 Member of the Year. The Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the organization and strong commitment to advancing women in international trade and business.

The professional association also selected OWIT’s South Florida chapter – of which Ms. Diaz is immediate Past President — as its 2011 Chapter of the Year.

In presenting the prestigious award to Ms. Diaz, OWIT cited her leadership in forging partnerships between her Chapter and prominent South Florida business and professional organizations, and for entering into an MOU with Miami Dade College to assist in developing a new export compliance program. The organization also praised Ms. Diaz’s creation of a social media chair on the Chapter board, an initiative that has resulted in one of the largest OWIT chapter fan bases on Facebook, a thriving LinkedIn presence and an active fan base on Twitter.

Ms. Diaz is the head of Becker & Poliakoff’s Customs & International Trade Practice Group. A Miami native, she graduated from Miami Beach Senior High, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern’s Shepard Broad Law Center. She is an alumnus of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami program and serves on the Boards of the Miami Council for International Visitors and Miami Beach Sister Cities. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers magazine.

OWIT’s South Florida Chapter was recognized for its leadership, and helping further the OWIT mission by sharing best practices and fostering education and networking opportunities among global trade professionals. Since hosting the 2007 OWIT Global Conference, the South Florida chapter has gained prominence in the South Florida business community.

Join OWIT International as we honor the recipients of our 2011 Annual Awards.
March 30, 2012 at 12:00 EDT
Register Now
No charge to attend this complimentary webinar.

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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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International Boston Seafood Show – LIVE!

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog March 22, 2011 0 comments

I am at the final day of the annual International Boston Seafood Show held at the Boston Convention Center. With record attendance and a record number of exhibitors filling the convention center floor with extravagant booths overflowing with shrimp, fish, crab, lobster, and other seafood delectables from all over the world, the Show is a success.   After all, this is the largest seafood show in North and South America.  Perennial exhibitors Pescanova, Inc. and Preferred Freezer Services had the largest and most memorable displays.  In addition to my speaking on the topic of "Food Safety", my law firm exhibited at the Show for the first time, and shared a booth with food testing laboratory, ABC Research Corp.

Serious topics for the educational seminars included "Rebuilding Consumer Confidence in Gulf Seafood," and "Food Safety".   There was significant discussion of aquaculture.  For pure fun, the Show included a new Game Lounge, the 5th Annual Oyster Shucking Competition, the 2nd Annual Tweet & Meet Tweetup, and a keynote address from Wayne Rogers, the actor from the hit series M*A*S*H.

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Follow Me To Quickly Clear U.S. Customs as an International Passenger

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog February 12, 2011 0 comments

Have you heard of the Global Entry program operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?  If you are one of the 100,000 U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are members, then congratulations to you. If you are one of the millions of international travelers who do not like to wait in long lines at U.S. Customs when arriving at an airport in the United States after a long intercontinental flight, I have got a deal for you. 

Global Entry is a voluntary pilot program that streamlines the international arrivals process for pre-approved travelers through use of self-service kiosks located at 20 major U.S. airports.  For good reason, CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin described the Global Entry program as "excellent"  in a December 27, 2010 press release.

Applications to Global Entry first must be submitted online at www.globalentry.gov . It costs only $100 for a five year membership.  I completed the on-line application in about 5 minutes, and was notified by email the next day that I was conditionally approved. Applicants must then complete an interview and fingerprint data collection in person at any of the 20 airport sites.  I am scheduled to be interviewed on February 22, 2011 at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Once enrolled in the pilot program, Global Entry members may proceed directly to the kiosks in the international arrivals area upon arrival in the U.S.  At the kiosk, members insert their passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader, provide digital fingerprints for comparison with fingerprints on file, answer customs declaration questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen, and then present a transaction receipt to CBP officers before leaving the inspection area.

From what I have heard from fellow frequent international travelers who use Global Entry, and from my friends at CBP, joining Global Entry appears to be the right choice.  I’ll keep you updated on my personal experience on Global Entry.

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Free Trade Agreements: Good or Bad?

posted by Customs & International Trade Law Blog January 9, 2011 2 Comments

I am still troubled by the Wall Street Journal lead article on October 4, 2010 with the headline "Recession-Weary Americans Sour on Free Trade."  I asked myself why would Americans who live in an economy built successfully on the principles of capitalism and free enterprise be against international trade?  The WSJ article stated that a poll concluded that 53% of Americans said free trade hurt, rather than helped, the U.S. economy, a statistic that increased from 46% in 2007 and 32% in 1999.  My bold prediction is that 2011 will be the year that the Obama Administration successfully finalizes free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia, and then Congress passes laws approving them.

Americans sometimes want their cake and eat it too. They want American companies to make and export more airplanes, more tractors, and more wheat and corn, all the while shopping at their local department stores and buying merchandise made in, and exported from, China, Indonesia, and Mexico.   As stated in the WSJ by my law school friend Myron Brilliant, Senior Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

When we knock down [trade] barriers in those [foreign] markets, we create jobs here [in the United States]. We’ve got to trade to create jobs in our country.

Boeing employs tens of thousands of employees in the United States to produce airplanes to sell overseas.  American farmers grow wheat and corn in amounts far beyond what could be consumed in the United States.  Caterpillar sells more tractor equipment overseas than it does in the United States. According to CNN.com, the U.S. International Trade Commission has estimated that reducing customs duties in the U.S.-Korea trade agreement will increase exports of American goods to South Korean by at least $10 billion per year.

With the Republicans now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Democrats maintaining control of the U.S. Senate, it is my hope that both my Republican and Democratic friends who understand and appreciate the benefits of international trade will embrace free trade agreements. That sure would help achieve President Obama’s ambitions of doubling U.S. exports within 5 years.  Customs duties imposed by the United States on foreign made, imported products, and customs duties imposed by Panama, South Korea, and Colombia on U.S. made products is really just another form of taxation. Since we all detest taxes, let’s join together and pass these free trade agreements in 2011.