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May 2018

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Will President Trump Impose New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles?

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 30, 2018 0 comments

bmwUnder the direction of President Trump, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross has initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. “The investigation will determine whether imports of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts into the United States threaten to impair the national security as defined in Section 232.”

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FDA Issues New Guidance to Help Food Facilities Meet Registration Requirements

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 29, 2018 2 Comments

fda .On May 25, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

The FD&C Act requires food facilities engaged in manufacturing/processing, packing, or holding of food for human or animal consumption in the United States to register with the FDA. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) added new registration provisions to the FD&C Act. In 2016, FDA issued a final rule to reflect these changes, which include the following:

  • Facilities are required to provide FDA with assurance that they will be permitted to inspect their facility (in accordance with the FD&C Act).
  • Facilities are required to renew their registration every other year.
  • FDA now has the authority to suspend a facility’s registration.

Under the 2016 final rule, additional information is also required that supports FDA’s ability to respond quickly to food-related emergencies and that will also help the agency more efficiently use the resources it has for inspections.

The SECG explains which types of facilities are required to register, and when and how to do that. The guide also explains the consequences for facilities that fail to register or to renew their registration as required. In addition, the guide explains when FDA can suspend a facility’s registration and the effect of a suspension order. To further assist small facilities, the SECG includes an “At-a-Glance” that summarizes all of the key information in the document.

Diaz Trade Consulting provides both registration and U.S. Agent services to food facilities. To register or find more information about registration, owners and operators of facilities should visit www.FDA-USA.com.

For More Information check out the Draft Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (7th Edition)-Revised.

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Top International Law Blogs To Follow in 2018

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 25, 2018 0 comments

badgeWe’re ecstatic to announce Diaz Trade Law’s Customs and International Trade Law blog was included in TOP 30 International Law Blogs! We were chosen from thousands of International Law blogs on the web using search and social metrics because we actively work to educate, inspire, and empower our readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. Continue Reading

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN- 2018 CBP Trade Symposium

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 25, 2018 0 comments

trade-symposium-logo-2018_0U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that the 2018 Trade Symposium will be held on August 14-15,  2018 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GARegistration opened today Tuesday, May 29th at 12:00 p.m. EST. 

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International Trade Day – May 23, 2018 – Port Miami

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 21, 2018 0 comments

Seaport-Airportv2Miami World Trade Week is all about showcasing the importance of international trade, logistics, services and port operations to the South Florida economy and promotes Miami as the “Trade & Logistics Hub of the Americas”. World Trade Week includes a full of International Trade information at International Trade Day hosted by the World Trade Center Miami and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Over 300 international executives representing more than 150 companies have registered to attend. Top officials from CBP and other participating government agencies (e.g.  FDA, USDA, APHIS, PPQ, USFWS, CPSC, etc.) will be present and respond to your questions.

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CBP Sued Over Mandatory Hold Harmless Release Agreement

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 18, 2018 0 comments

jkhkjhDid you know that when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decides to release goods that were seized by CBP, it requires that you sign a Hold Harmless Release Agreement, as a prerequisite to receiving goods, which prevents you from filing suit against the government (for example for wrongfully detaining your goods)? Well this is a common practice among CBP and now a class action lawsuit is being brought against CBP for this practice.

How Did This Lawsuit Come About?

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Exporting 201 – Advanced Exporting Webinar 5/22 – RSVP Today!

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 7, 2018 0 comments

depositphotos_46947357-stock-illustration-book-now-stampWhether you are a new or experienced exporter, the next webinar is essential!

  • When do you get to hear from a Board Certified Expert on actual horror stories and when it’s in your best interest to file a Disclosure?

RSVP now to join our Exporting 201 webinar. And don’t forget to check out all of our upcoming webinars!

RSVP TODAY!

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ZTE Barred by U.S. Government & ZTE Fights Back!

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 1, 2018 0 comments

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China-based Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd (collectively “ZTE”) entered a guilty plea and agreed to pay a combined penalty up to $1.19 billion to settle criminal and civil allegations that ZTE violated U.S. export control laws and U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S.-origin items to Iran.

The record-breaking settlement agreement was with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”). The penalty assessed against ZTE included a $100,871,266 civil monetary penalty imposed by OFAC; a $430,488,798 in combined criminal fines and forfeitures; and a $661,000,000 penalty payable to BIS, of which $300,000,000 were suspended for a seven-year probationary period. Continue Reading