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Breaking News – New Federal Law Expands Furniture Flammability Testing Standard

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 23, 2021 0 comments

Do you manufacture or sell upholstered furniture? Beginning June 25, 2021, a new law requires all upholstered furniture nationwide to comply with California Technical Bulletin 117-2013?

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USTR Announces China 301 Tariff Exclusion Extensions for COVID-Related Products

posted by Jennifer Diaz December 30, 2020 1 Comment

On December 29, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced long-awaited extensions to a limited set of previously granted exclusions (for COVID-related products), that were set to expire on December 31, 2020. Meanwhile, importers across non-COVID industries are continuing to await guidance on their tariff exclusion extensions that are set to expire on December 31, 2020.

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CTPAT VALIDATION AND MINIMUM SECURITY CRITERIA & CTPAT MINIMUM SECURITY CRITERIA CHANGES

posted by Jennifer Diaz April 2, 2020 1 Comment

Diaz Trade Law’s President, Jennifer Diaz and Associate Attorney, Denise Calle are enthusiastic to announce that our article “CTPAT Validation and Minimum Security Criteria” and CTPAT Checklist “CTPAT Validation and Minimum Security Changes” were published by Bloomberg Law! Below is the article reproduced with permission for your reading pleasure. We’d love to hear your feedback!

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BREAKING NEWS: EXCLUSION PORTAL TO OPEN FOR LIST 4A

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 23, 2019 0 comments

 

portalUSTR announced it will open the exclusion request process for HTS’s on List 4A. List 4A includes products covered by Annex A of the August 20, 2019 notice (84 FR 43304)  that are subject to 15% duty as of September 1, 2019.

List 4 has a total of 300 Billion worth of products and includes both lists 4A & 4B. 15% duties for List 4B (products covered by Annex C of the August 20 notice) are effective December 15, 2019, and no exclusion process has yet been discussed for 4B.

Exclusion portal opens October 31, 2019, and closes on January 31, 2020.

Contact us today to get your request in timely!

DTL helps clients strategize how to identify the strongest argument to persuade the government in granting your exclusion request. DTL was active in assisting clients submit exclusion requests for List 3.

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U.S. Expands Trade War to EU

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 4, 2019 0 comments

After winning the largest arbitration award (7.5 billion) in World Trade OrganiUS EUzation (WTO) history in its dispute with the European Union (EU) over illegal subsidies to Airbus, the United States (US) will begin applying WTO-approved tariffs on certain EU goods beginning October 18. Although USTR has the authority to apply a 100 percent tariff on affected products, at this time the tariff increases will be limited to 10% on large civil aircrafts and 25% on agricultural and other products. The U.S. has the authority to increase td.he tariffs at any time, or change the products affected. Continue Reading

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CBP Wants to Hear from YOU on Its Proposed New Rules for Customs Brokers!

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 28, 2019 3 Comments

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CBP proposes a new rule to formalize the process used by Customs Brokers of verifying the identity of their clients, specifically importers and nonresident importers. CBP believes the broker is uniquely situated to collect the information necessary to authenticate an importer’s identity at the time a Power of Attorney is obtained. The purpose of placing a verification burden on brokers is to ensure that importers are conducting legitimate trade transactions. The Federal Register Notice announcing the proposed rule clearly states brokers are subject to hefty monetary penalty for failure to collect the required information. If you have comments or concerns, now is the time to speak up! Brokers, importers, and the general public, have until October 15 to submit comments on the proposed rule.

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TOP 5 Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of Tariffs

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 26, 2019 4 Comments

download-1Many importers, exporters, and international businesses alike may be unaware that avenues exist to ensure that their products remain unabated by protectionist trade policies (think China tariffs).

This blog provides an easy reference overview of five (5) proven and legitimate options for duty-saving opportunities.

We recommend U.S. importers, exporters, and manufacturers to consider these five (5) options as they apply to all products from virtually any country subjected to a tariff, including Section 201 tariffs for solar systems, Section 232 tariffs for aluminum and steel, and the infamous Section 301 Tariffs in place for Chinese originating goods and violations of trade agreements, as well as acts, policies or practices that are unjustifiable,  unreasonable, or discriminatory and that burden or restrict U.S. commerce.

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CBP’s Section 321 Data Pilot Program to Begin August 22

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 21, 2019 0 comments

Tasked with the protection of the nation, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) siphons the protection of our ports to United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). With the continuous threats to safety and integrity of the country, CBP is conducting a voluntary test to collect certain advanced data related to shipments potentially eligible for release under section 321 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

In order to cope with the e-commerce trend, CBP will allow online marketplaces, and other non-traditional partners to participate in the pilot program. If you wish to participate in the program, DTL can assist you in submitting the required application to the Department Of Commerce. While the Pilot opens on August 22, 2019, and is set to last for roughly one year, CBP may accept potential participants after the program’s commencement until a sufficient number of participants has been identified.

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Customs and International Trade Attorney Jennifer Diaz Featured on Legal News and Review Radio

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 19, 2019 1 Comment

Board Certified Customs and International Trade Attorney Jennifer Diaz was featured on “Legal News & Review (LNR).” She discussed “The Complexities of International Trade Law,” including current United States Trade Policy and the legal consequences for importers and exporters that do not comply with U.S. Customs and other government agency rules. Listen to the podcast hereLegal News and Review is an award-winning podcast that has been on the air for over six years. Earning the Award of Excellence from the Florida Bar, attorneys and hosts Philip Bell, Eric Yankwit, and Gary Singer guide listeners through the various disciplines of law by featuring expert attorneys from different fields.

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Wondering if your Exclusion Request has been granted or denied? Find out here!

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 8, 2019 2 Comments

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Since the inception of the Trade War with China, the Office of the United States’ Trade Representative (USTR) has provided citizens, primarily those in industries directly affected by the imposition of ad valorem duties (tariffs), the opportunity to request that certain products be granted exclusions. Each list of tariffs has its own specific process to ensure that concerned citizens may voice their opinions as to why given products should not be subjected to additional duties upon importation, as prescribed in the Section 301 investigation.

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