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The Centers For Excellence and Expertise Have Arrived!

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 17, 2017 1 Comment

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 8.33.06 PMWhat are the Centers for Excellence and Expertise?

CBP is changing how it does business. CBP envisions an end to port shopping and uniform decision making throughout all ports of entry via use of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE). We previously advised our readers that a CEE was arriving in Miami!

By way of background, in 2012, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register notice (77 FR 52048) that “developed a test to incrementally transition the operational trade functions that traditionally reside with port directors to the CEE.” The purpose of the test was to expand the CEEs’ ability to make decisions, by allowing the directors of the CEE to make decisions that were normally reserved for port directors. CBP’s goal for the CEEs is to “facilitate trade, reduce transaction costs, increase compliance with applicable port laws, and to achieve uniformity of treatment at the ports of entry for the identified industries (77 FR 52048).”

CBP discussed the application process, and urged importers to apply to a CEE to begin receiving the benefits of being a participating account early.

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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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TPP: Dead or Alive?

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 22, 2016 0 comments

tppAre you wondering whether, given President-elect Trump’s recent promise to abandon the agreement on his first day in office, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) is even going to happen? Are you interested in knowing what all the buzz is about with the TPP? Would the TPP open up new business opportunities for your small- to medium-sized business in Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam? If you want to know more, then this FREE webinar is for you!

Top Five Reasons to Participate:

  1. Gain insight into the nuts and bolts of how goods and services are exported from the U.S. into TPP countries.
  2. Discover which elements of the TPP can help small- to medium sized U.S. companies save time, reduce costs, and improve certainty in TPP markets.
  3. Hear from government officials what lies ahead with respect to the approval and entry into force of the TPP.
  4. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions to and receive answers from TPP experts in real time (including whether or not they believe the TPP has a fighting chance).
  5. Develop new contacts within the U.S. Commercial Service.

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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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Travel to the U.S. with an Unlimited Number of Cuban Cigars and Rum – Courtesy of New Revised OFAC and BIS Regulations

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 17, 2016 1 Comment

On October 14, 2016, President Obama issued a Presidential Policy Directive on United States-Cuba Normalization to further ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba. As a result, Monday, October 17, 2016, amendments to both OFAC and BIS regulations will take effect.

Below are the top changes from both OFAC and BIS:

OFAC is making additional amendments to the Regulations with respect to health, trade and commerce, civil aviation safety, travel and related transactions, humanitarian-related activities, and certain other activities. Below is a recap:

  • Health
    • Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are now permitted to engage in commercial and non-commercial joint medical research projects with Cuban nationals. (Section 515.547).
  • Travel and Related Transactions
    • Importation of Cuban merchandise: Not too long ago we alerted our readers that CBP was targeting Cuban Cigars at American Ports. We haveImage result for travel with cigars and rumBIG news for cigar and rum lovers… As of Monday, October 17, 2016, persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are now able to return home from Cuba (or any other country where Cuban rum and cigars can legally be purchased) with an unlimited amount of rum and cigars. However, the number of cigars and amount rum must be for personal use and such merchandise must be imported as accompanied baggage and are subject to the normal limits on duty and tax exemptions. This is a huge step forward from OFAC’s initial limit of $400 or less (with no more than $100 of such merchandise consisting of alcohol or tobacco products). (Section 515.560(c)(3)). Continue Reading
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Top Trade Attorney Jennifer Diaz Opens Diaz Trade Law, P.A.

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 7, 2016 0 comments

Jennifer Diaz, Esq., former shareholder and chair of the Customs and International Trade practice group in the Miami office of law firm Becker & Poliakoff, has announced the opening of DIAZ TRADE LAW, P.A., specializing in Customs and International Trade Services. Ms. Diaz will remain Of Counsel to Becker & Poliakoff.

Ms. Diaz is Board Certified in International Law by the Florida Bar.  She received a law degree from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. Throughout her career, Diaz has been recognized as an outstanding leader and since 2012 has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, is AV Rated, and has received numerous awards and accolades including: “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida” award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Winner of  2015 AXA Advisors Global Businesswomen of the Year Award; “Outstanding Committee Outreach Award,” Young Interest Network (YIN) Co-Chair, American Bar Association; International Women’s Day Honoree, World Trade Center.

Ms. Diaz is an expert in working with the many Federal agencies that regulate trade and prides herself on being proactive and results oriented on behalf of clients. She is a sought after professional speaker and writer, known for engaging her audiences and easily explaining dense subject matter.
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ABOUT DIAZ TRADE LAW, P.A.

Diaz Trade Law represents global clients of every size, from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in import and/or export compliance and enforcement mitigation services.  The firm has expertise in assisting companies in successfully complying with the vast U. S. federal laws and regulations for import and export transactions as well as supply chain security. We are passionate about developing strategies with clients to achieve successful results while complying with U.S. government agencies. For more information, visit: www.diaztradelaw.com.

 

 

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Annual U.S. CBP Trade Symposium is Quickly Approaching

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 19, 2015 0 comments

  

Don’t miss your chance to attend the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 2015 East Coast Trade Symposium that will be held from November 4th-5th, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.  

This year’s symposium, Transforming Global Trade, features presentations by distinguished guests, like CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske and CBP Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, whom will deliver the keynote addresses.

The agenda for the two-day event is action packed as always, full of presentations, keynote addresses, and break-out sessions (in addition to terrific networking). Topics this year will include: Continue Reading

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Five Day TRADE Conference in Fort Lauderdale

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 2, 2015 0 comments

FITCEWhether you’re a new business that wants to connect with import and export experts, or an existing business that wants to expand its activity across the globe, you do not want to miss the Florida International Trade & Cultural Expo (“FITCE”).

FITCE  is a five-day event that is held October 12th to 16th at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.  World leaders, high level networking, business opportunities and expert panelists are just some of the reasons to attend FITCE. Continue Reading

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TOP 11 NEW Business Opportunities with Cuba as a Result of NEW OFAC and BIS Laws

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 28, 2015 0 comments
In December, 2014, we updated you on the president’s historic announcement in regards to doing business in Cuba, and in January we updated you on both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amendments to the Cuban Assets Controls Regulations (“CACR”) and the amendments to the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by the United States
Department of Commerce. As of September 21, 2015, both OFAC and the BIS have amended their regulations again, and below details the top 11 changes as a result of the new laws.
 
We’ll be discussing these new changes on October 8th, at our Export Compliance Seminar at the Miami Free Zone. Blog subscribers get to take advantage of the discount code! Email me at jdiaz@bplegal.com for it. You can RSVP here

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