2021: A Year in Review

From all of us at Diaz Trade Law, we are incredibly thankful and grateful for your support this year. Despite this ongoing pandemic, Diaz Trade Law still managed to save our clients MILLIONS of dollars in 2021. It is with great joy that we finish off 2021 filled with numerous achievements and accomplishments were humbled to share with you. We look forward to assisting you in what we envision will be a better and brighter 2022!

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HELP US CELEBRATE 2018 SUCCESSES!

DTL saved clients MILLIONS of dollars in 2018, below we share some of success stories with you. We look forward to assisting you in 2019!

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

  • Successfully assisted numerous importers in various seizure cases to assist in getting property returned, despite CBP claims merchandise was drug paraphernalia, counterfeit, etc.

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By |2021-10-29T15:16:35-04:00December 26, 2018|Best Practices, Import, International Law, International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|Comments Off on HELP US CELEBRATE 2018 SUCCESSES!

U.S. Customs – Your Personal Policeman at the Border

Many companies mistakenly believe that registering a trademark or copyright with the U.S. Government provides sufficient protection and remedies, and, therefore, do not take the extra step to record those trademarks or copyrights with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Customs).

The processes achieve two completely different goals.

Registering a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office gives public notice of one’s ownership of the trademark or copyright. On the other hand, the purpose of recording a trademark or copyright with U.S. Customs is to partner with the agency in preventing the unauthorized importation of merchandise that bears a recorded trademark or copyright. U.S. Customs prevents counterfeit and otherwise infringing products from entering or exiting the United States for registered trademark or copyright holders who have recorded their trademarks or copyrights with Customs. […]

Learn about “The ABC’S of Customs Seizures – PLUS Top 10 Tips to Ensure Import Compliance” From the Expert!

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPLIANCE:  The ABC’S of Customs Seizures – PLUS Top 10 Tips to Ensure Import Compliance 

The DTL Team wants to ensure you are a compliant with U.S. federal regulations and laws when importing your goods from abroad! Here is your chance to learn directly from our Founder, Jennifer Diaz, about the “dos” and “don’ts” of importing.

On Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, The Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) invites you to a Trade Talk Webinar Program on International Trade Compliance-Register NOW!

Did you know that In FY 2015, 28,865 seizures were for underlying Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations? The MSRP of the goods seized was $1,352,495,341! IPR enforcement is a priority trade initiative for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the detention and seizure process is a complicated one. If your merchandise is detained and/or seized, you have options. But more  Learn exactly how you should respond and more importantly how to avoid future problems with CBP.

This event is particularly important for: […]

Ongoing Hoverboard Concerns

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Address Ongoing Litigation & Seizure of one of the hottest toys, the Hoverboard.

Hoverboards, as they are commonly known, are self-balancing two-wheeled electric scooters.  They are powered by controversial rechargeable batteries that have recently garnered attention for malfunctioning, causing devices to catch fire and destroy homes.  The lithium-ion batteries have been known to overheat, catch fire, and explode without warning.

Several airlines have begun to prohibit transportation of the boards aboard aircraft, due to safety concerns.  Amazon.com is placing safety first and offering consumers that have purchased a hoverboard from Amazon a full refund.  Hoverboards are also facing additional litigation from Mark Cuban, who potentially has a patent infringement claim against Walmart for selling the devices.

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Exports from China are on the Rise – What is your IPR Plan?

On April 11, amid a high demand for soccer apparel in preparation for FIFA World Cup, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized counterfeit soccer apparel shipped from China to the Port of Savannah. The value of the seized goods exceeded $1 million in manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). The apparel seized contained counterfeit trademarks of the following professional soccer clubs: Arsenal, Barcelona, Celtic, Chelsea, Mexican Federation, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid.  Little did they know they should have tried to import Germany’s soccer club’s apparel.

“You look at that Chelsea patch, and it just looks off,” said Steve Sapp, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “The last B is smaller than the rest, and that’s the kind of thing you often see with these counterfeit goods. Our investigators know the signs that these goods aren’t real.”

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By |2022-07-06T14:11:09-04:00July 18, 2014|Best Practices, China, China Trade War, Customs Expert, Export, Import, International Business, International Law, International Trade, Seizures, Supply Chain, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|Comments Off on Exports from China are on the Rise – What is your IPR Plan?

PortMiami and CBP Join Forces to Bring Back (and Expedite) Transshipment

PortMiami has been working feverishly to bring back transshipment to Miami.

Step one was PortMiami’s outreach to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  PortMiami Director Bill Johnson wrote a letter to Acting CBP Commissioner, Thomas Winkowski, dated June 26, 2013, asking CBP to develop a pilot program, “with a transshipment inspection protocol pilot for PortMiami.”

According to PortMiami’s letter to CBP Commission Winkowski,  prior to 9-11, “transhipment made up over 22% of the cargo trade  at PortMiami.” Now, that transshipment cargo goes through Panama, Freeport, and Kingston. 

You may be asking, what’s the rationale for the move to other ports away from PortMiami?  […]

By |2021-11-09T15:10:14-05:00November 19, 2013|Best Practices, Export, Import, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|Comments Off on PortMiami and CBP Join Forces to Bring Back (and Expedite) Transshipment

FDA Discusses TOP Reasons for Detention of Goods

At today's Import Operations Training, sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (FCBF), top officials from FDA traveled to Miami to educate importers and brokers. Topics ranged from a general overview of FDA compliance, TOP rationales for FDA detentions, Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) updates, an overview of the newly re-organized (now DIO) Division of Import Operations (formerly DIOP - policy has now been removed), an overview of CBP & FDA's Joint Team 488 - which handles liquidated damages claims for underlying FDA violations and much more. Highlights of the TOP rationale for detentions follows...

By |2021-11-10T14:22:59-05:00March 20, 2013|Best Practices, Cosmetics, Food, FSMA, Import, Import Alert, Medical Devices, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|Comments Off on FDA Discusses TOP Reasons for Detention of Goods

CBP Brings Seizure & Forfeiture Notices to the 21st Century

U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") has published a final rule (the "Rule") providing CBP with the ability to publish seizure and forfeiture notices on the Department of Justice ("DOJ") forfeiture website. CBP believes that such notices will reach a broader range of the public, at less cost, than the current local print publications or customhouse postings. You know what? CBP is right, and kudos to them for this added efficiency that goes into effect on ...

By |2021-11-10T14:25:24-05:00February 1, 2013|U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|Comments Off on CBP Brings Seizure & Forfeiture Notices to the 21st Century
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