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Top Impacts of Cuba Being Removed From “Terrorism List”

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 29, 2015 0 comments

As you know, the President made a big announcement back in December, 2014 that the US would take historic steps to chart a new course in our diplomatic relations with Cuba. One specific action item was instructing the Secretary of State to immediately launch a review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and provide a report to the President within six months regarding Cuba’s support for international terrorism.

Within four months of the President’s announcement, on April 8, 2015 (2 months early!), the Secretary of State finalized their review and recommended that Cuba no longer be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.  Thereafter, on April 14, the President sent Congress the statutorily required report indicating the Administration’s intent to rescind Cuba’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, including the certification that “Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the previous six-months; and that Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.” Members of Congress, initially vowing to block the removal of Cuba from the “terrorism list” had no legal outlet to voice their opposition, and as of today, the 45-day Congressional pre-notification period has expired. As a result, the Secretary of State has officially made the final decision to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015.

The Department of State issued a Press Statement today advising that:

The rescission of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission. While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation

Below are the top 4 impacts I foresee as a result of Cuba being removed from the State Sponsor of Terrorism List (leaving only Iran, Sudan, and Syria now on the list):

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World Trade Month – Business Opportunities with Cuba – May 14, 2015 – #OWITonCuba

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 11, 2015 0 comments
Are you in South Florida and thinking of doing business with Cuba? Do you want to hear from those already successfully doing business with Cuba? Do you want to fully understand what is legal now?
May 14, 2015, I have JUST the event for you! This is your LAST CHANCE to register!

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CBP Trade Day – Port of Miami

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 17, 2014 1 Comment

cargo at portTrade Day is coming to Miami, courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, (CBP) on April 2, 2014.  The ports of  Champlain, Boston, Savannah, Buffalo and Detroit have held Trade Day (some already twice) and we are thrilled CBP’s Port of Miami is bringing Trade Day to us.

This is the time to take advantage.  Importers, exporters, customhouse brokers, freight forwarders and all other interested parties in the international trade community – if you have been looking for an informal opportunity to meet one-on-one with government officials that are responsible for processing and facilitating trade related import transactions and enforcing the various Free Trade Agreements and trade laws, this is your chance.

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CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C. – HAS BEEN CANCELLED by Government Shutdown

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 16, 2013 0 comments

As a result of the prolonged lapse in government funding, CBP’s much-anticipated 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C. has been postponed.  The lapse in appropriations has significantly impacted CBP’s ability to hold the event as planned.  Although CBP was hopeful that the appropriations issues would have been resolved by now, and were hoping to proceed as planned, unfortunately, that is not possible.  CBP is committed to hosting the event at a later date, and looks forward to announcing the new date as soon as possible.

For those that have registered and paid for their symposium registration, CBP will be refunding your registration fee.  The refunds will be processed once the partial government shutdown is concluded.

As soon as CBP announces the new dates for the Symposium, we will let you know.   

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REGISTRATION OPENS for CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C.

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 18, 2013 0 comments

Mark your calendars for the CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, scheduled for October 24 – 25, 2013, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme is “Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnerships and Innovation”.

Based on the overwhelming interest received by CBP for participation at the Symposium, CBP is limiting attendance to three (3) participants per company to afford equal representation from all members of the international trade community.  If a company exceeds the limitation, subsequent registrations will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Registration for onsite participation is $108, and will open TODAY, September 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Act fast, this event is usually sold out typically within a day! 

Attendance at the Symposium is an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP, so take advantage of this opportunity!  For a sneak peak at what to expect in DC, see the agenda here.

See you at the CBP Symposium!

 

An added bonus:

  • As a special opportunity for U.S. citizens participating in this year’s CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be on-site to conduct interviews for those interested in enrolling in the Global Entry program. Act within the next week, in order to be eligible for on-site enrollment. This offer is only available to those who have completed the online application, paid the $100 application fee, and are pre-approved through the Global Online Enrollment System.
  • Interested attendees must apply for Global Entry by Friday, October 10.
  • When applying, be sure to only select the Global Entry option. Global Entry is extremely popular with frequent international travelers because approved travelers use a kiosk to enter the U.S. rather than waiting in line to see an officer. For U.S. travelers, Global Entry approval also allows you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck trusted traveler program, which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.

This is a terrific benefit I hope you will take advantage of.  I am a HUGE advocate of the TSA PreCheck program, check out my blog post regarding this wonderful program here.

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CANCELLED DUE TO SHUTDOWN – CBP’s 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium in D.C.

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 18, 2013 0 comments

Mark your calendars for the CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, scheduled for October 24 – 25, 2013, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme is “Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnerships and Innovation”.

Based on the overwhelming interest received by CBP for participation at the Symposium, CBP is limiting attendance to three (3) participants per company to afford equal representation from all members of the international trade community.  If a company exceeds the limitation, subsequent registrations will automatically be placed on the waiting list. 

Registration for onsite participation is $108, and will open TODAY, September 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Act fast, this event is usually sold out typically within a day!  

 

Attendance at the Symposium is an excellent opportunity to meet with all levels at CBP, so take advantage of this opportunity!  For a sneak peak at what to expect in DC, see the agenda here.

 

See you at the CBP Symposium!

 

An added bonus:

  • As a special opportunity for U.S. citizens participating in this year’s CBP 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be on-site to conduct interviews for those interested in enrolling in the Global Entry program. Act within the next week, in order to be eligible for on-site enrollment. This offer is only available to those who have completed the online application, paid the $100 application fee, and are pre-approved through the Global Online Enrollment System.
  • Interested attendees must apply for Global Entry by Friday, October 10.
  • When applying, be sure to only select the Global Entry option. Global Entry is extremely popular with frequent international travelers because approved travelers use a kiosk to enter the U.S. rather than waiting in line to see an officer. For U.S. travelers, Global Entry approval also allows you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck trusted traveler program, which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.

This is a terrific benefit I hope you will take advantage of.  I am a HUGE advocate of the TSA PreCheck program, check out my blog post regarding this wonderful program here

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Do You Know the Top 10 Tips When Importing?

posted by Jennifer Diaz June 18, 2013 0 comments

Do you know the top 10 tips when importing to ensure compliance?  If not, here’s why you should attend my Compliance Online webinar on June 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., EST. 

If you import merchandise into the U.S., you are the responsible party and must be aware your requirements and potential liability.  In this presentation, we will discuss how to comply with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) 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 (IPR) Protection and CBP Enforcement; and
  • Free Trade Agreements (FTA)  you should be taking advantage of.

You will also learn basic customs concepts and terms like:

  • CBP Form 3461 & CBP 7501;
  • Protests;
  • Seizure cases;
  • Liquidated damage claims, Penalties/Fines;
  • Prior disclosure; and
  • FP&F Petition Process.

Learn key best practices and hear real life case studies. Learn what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do, and what the consequences are for non compliance.

To register for this webinar on June 27, 2013 at 10:00 EST, click here.

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New Center of Excellence & Expertise to Arrive in Miami 2013!

posted by Jennifer Diaz December 14, 2012 0 comments
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano addresses a crowded audience at the 2012 East Coast Trade Symposium while CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar listens.
Photo Credit: James Tourtellotte

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar announced at the East Coast Trade Symposium the expansion of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers), which will create six new Centers in 2013 for the Agriculture & Prepared Products; Apparel, Footwear & Textiles; Base Metals; Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising; Industrial & Manufacturing Materials; and Machinery industries. CEE’s are "virtual "one-stop shops" that provide centralized processing for importers that volunteer to participate. TheCenters are also already a source of information for the entire trading community. Centers are virtual organizations, managed from a strategic location, that link CBP trade personnel by industry to authoritatively facilitate trade."

CBP’s goal is to eventually cover the full range of imported goods.  For now, the Centers to be established in FY 2013 are:

  1. Agriculture & Prepared Products: Miami 
  2. Apparel, Footwear & Textiles: San Francisco
  3. Base Metals: Chicago
  4. Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising: Atlanta
  5. Industrial & Manufacturing Materials: Buffalo
  6. Machinery: Laredo

These virtual centers will provide one-stop processing to lower the Trade’s cost of business, provide greater consistency and predictability and enhance CBP enforcement efforts. The Centers represent CBP’s expanded focus on "Trade in the 21st Century," transforming customs procedures to align with modern business. The Centers will also serve as resources to the broader trade community and to CBP’s U.S. government partners. The current Centers are Electronics in Long Beach; Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals in New York City; Automotive & Aerospace in Detroit; and Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals in Houston.

Resources to learn more about the CEE’s:

  • Customs created a new 8 minute video advising on additional benefits the CEE’s provide, including being a "common sense trade processing system," and discussing the assistance with administrative detentions of merchandise the CEE’s can provide. 
  • PowerPoint Presentation on CEE’s.
  • CEE’s FACT SHEET.

C-TPAT and ISA members are given priority to apply for admission into CEE’s. 

CEE’s are supposed to provide the uniform decision making the importing community craves.  Import Specialists will eventually all belong to a specific CEE and utilize their specialized knowledge to provide consistent admissibility decisions around the country.  I very much look forward to seeing and reporting on how the Miami CEE progresses. 

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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.