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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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Jen Diaz Honored as Rising Star by DBR

posted by Jennifer Diaz July 19, 2013 0 comments

On July 18, 2013, the Daily Business Review (DBR) announced the 40 young Florida lawyers chosen as 2013 Rising Stars by a panel of DBR judges. I’m proud to announce I have been selected as one of the 40 Rising Stars!

The article stated:

Our panel carefully reviewed more than 125 nominations of attorneys 40 years old and under who have established themselves as top contributors to the practice of law and their communities, and are in a position to become tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.

See the list of the 40 Rising Star honorees.

Profiles of all the Rising Stars will appear in a DBR special section on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and an event honoring their accomplishments will be held that night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Bankers Club in downtown Miami, One Biscayne Tower, Biscayne Room, 14th Floor.

For those who wish to attend the event to honor the Rising Stars, please contact Andre Sutton at asutton@alm.com or (757) 721-9020. The event’s main sponsor is Ice Legal.

Congratulations to the 2013 Rising Stars.

-David Lyons, Editor in Chief
-Chris Mobley, Publisher

I’m honored to have been selected and invite you to join me as we celebrate on September 18th at the Bankers Club.
 

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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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ACI’s Import Compliance & Enforcement Conference,

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 6, 2013 1 Comment

The American Conference Institute will be having its 8th Import Compliance and Enforcement Conference on June 11, 2013, in Washington DC. The conference will consist of two days full of lectures discussing highly complex U.S. import compliance challenges, along with how to satisfy Canadian and Mexican customs authorities. Unlike previous conferences, this unique event is designed to provide attendees with a comprehensive benchmarking experience, where participants can exchange best practices and lessons learned for 2013 and beyond. Some of the most notable industry experts that will be present are Chrystler, Hershey, Williams-Sonoma, Boeing, IBM, General Electric, Cisco, Tyco and yours truly.

This event is uniquely designed to maximize benchmarking on how to resolve the most complex, pressing import compliance issues affecting the industry. The new program features for 2013 are:

  • Two highly focused sessions on valuation and transfer pricing:
  • ISA member case studies: New and longstanding members speak about their recent experiences, and how to meet ISA requirements.
  • Inside a focused assessment: Lessons learned from recent experiences on how to handle common and unanticipated CBP requests
  • C-TPAT and Foreign Re-Validations: Meeting new expectations for C-TPAT risk assessments, and how the new EU Mutual Recognition Agreement affects importer validation requirements
  • NAFTA, CAFTA, and US-Korea – FTA success stories:
    • The finer points to minimizing duties, fees, taxes, red tape, and proving origin
  • Developing a global strategy for customs classification and tariff engineering.

One of the most notable topics discussed will be broker selection and management. I have the privilege to discuss important aspects within the broker selection and management process such as:

  • Detecting warning signs: How far you need to go in conducting due diligence.
  • Designing a questionnaire for brokers: Assessing the skills, experience, and resources of customs brokers. 
  • Evaluating brokers’ supply chain relationships
  • Quantifying risk factors
  • Communicating compliance expectations and requirements to brokers, and developing guidelines for your brokers
  • Where the importer and broker responsibilities begin and end
  • Incorporating contractual safeguards, including audit mechanisms
  • How to monitor compliance, and what to do if you suspect or discover non-compliance by a broker
  • Auditing foreign brokers, and conducting periodic review sand site visits
  • When and how to terminate the relationship
  • What constitutes customs brokering and business,and how to avoid unintended brokering activities 

The conference will kick-off with discussions about strengthening global trade compliance. Meredith Covey, Director of Customs Operations and Compliance at Williams-Sonoma Inc., will discuss real world issues related to the implementation and monitoring of monitoring a global import compliance program. She will discuss structures, resources, tools, and techniques leading companies are using to implement, manage, and monitor an import compliance program. Following the conclusion of multiple speakers discussing these aspects, a discussion on Canadian customs regulations and enforcement will ensue. Eric Trudel, a Manager of CBSA, will discuss the key concepts and common pitfalls to compliance in Canada. 

The ACI offers my clients and colleagues, and you, my special blog followers, a discounted price to attend the conference on June 11-12. This rate will expire on May 17th.  Contact Adina Schwartz, JD, at 310-295-9789 or A.Schwartz@AmericanConference.com to get your discounted rate!  You don’t want to miss this! 

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Expedite Your International Expansion Strategy

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 12, 2013 0 comments

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Expedite Your International Expansion Strategy

UPS is sponsoring a free International Symposium and breakfast hosted by David Ruiz, President of the UPS Florida District.

Learn how you can expedite your company’s international expansion strategy with the help of the UPS.

Topics Include:

  • How to Make Connections in Emerging Markets,
    Sandra Campbell, Director, Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center, US Commercial Services
  • Navigating International Trade Laws and Regulations,
    Jennifer Diaz, Attorney at Law, Board Certified in International Law, Becker & Poliakoff
  • How to Finance the Global Supply Chain
    Vicki Marks, Manager, UPS Capital
  • UPS Solutions to Demystify International Logistics
    Rusty Richardson, International Area Sales Manager, UPS

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

UPS APAC Facility
111 S US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33619

Breakfast Starts at 8:00 a.m.
Symposium Concludes at 11:30 a.m.

Click Here for Event Flyer.

Please Contact Olga Diaz (olgadiaz@ups.com)
to RSVP or for additional information.

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Jennifer Diaz Speaks After Dominic Veneziano at Global Clinical Sourcing & Supply Summit

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 27, 2013 0 comments

I’m thrilled to be included as a speaker in the upcoming Global Clinical Sourcing and Supply Summit in Philadelphia.  I’ve included all the pertinent details about the summit and even a discount for you, my loyal readers! 

WHAT: Global Clinical Sourcing and Supply Summit.  Includes a FDA Address by Domenic Veneziano, Director of FDA’s Division of Import Operations and Policy, and Industry Perspectives by speakers from Merck, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, AstraZeneca, and much more. The full agenda may be seen here.

WHEN: March 4-5, 2013

WHERE: Radisson Plaza – Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

WHO: You will benefit by attending if you are a Vice President, Director, Manager, or other Senior Executive from a pharmaceutical or biotech company with responsibilities in: Clinical Supplies, Supply Chain Planning and Forecasting, Clinical Labeling, Clinical Sourcing, Procurement, Investigational Materials, Global Logistics, Clinical Contracting, Clinical Packaging

WHY: My portion of the Summit will cover an update on current import and export control, discussion of free trade agreements in place and top trading partners, top tips to utilize when importing or exporting to assure compliance with federal government laws and regulations, and how to effectively resolve issues from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when importing. 

To give you EVEN MORE of an incentive, email me for the Promo Code to save $500 off the registration fee!  Offer expires on March 4, 2013 – so don’t delay!

If that’s not enough for you, I leave you with an additional TOP 10 Reasons to Attend: 

  1. Hear directly from the FDA on Import processes and requirements
  2. Optimize your communication strategies with clinical operations
  3. Understand the risks and rewards with central versus local sourcing options
  4. Ensure efficiency while meeting the expectations of sites, patients and regulators
  5. Develop strategies to monitor the changing regulatory requirements in emerging markets
  6. Analyze the complex logistical and distribution challenges in India
  7. Effectively resolve U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues
  8. Establish a metrics-driven system to enhance contractor performance
  9. Reengineer current packaging process to streamline efficiency
  10. Navigate global quality, compliance and regulatory challenges

To give you EVEN MORE of an incentive, tell them Jennifer Diaz sent you by using Promo Code GCSSP5 and save $500 off the registration fee! Offer expires on March 4, 2013 – so don’t delay!

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Be Bold – Women in Transportation Recap

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 14, 2013 0 comments

Pictured above from left to right: Natalie Putman, Michelle Livingstone, Jennifer Diaz, Monica Wooden, Andy Funk

Bold is the operative word of the day. 250 people gathered at Miami Dade College today to hear about educational and career opportunities for women and minorities in the transportation/supply chain industry. The event was put on in collaboration with the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The audience was composed of high school and college students as well as industry professionals. The message was incredibly positive, after all, trade is booming. Jennifer Diaz, Partner & Chair of Becker & Poliakoff’s Customs and International Trade Department, cited U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics from its recent import trade trends, stating CBP processed 2.38 trillion worth of imported goods in 2012, up 5% from 2011. The top trading 5 partners, in order, include China, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Germany.

The audience heard from an all-star lineup composed of: Michelle Livingstone, Vice President of Supply Chain/Transportation at the Home Depot, Natalie Putnam, Vice President of Marketing at Ryder System, Inc., Monica Wooden, CEO & Founder of MercuryGate International, Inc., Andy Funk, CEO & Treasurer of Cambridge-Lee Industries, and was moderated by Jennifer Diaz.
 
The educational opportunities in Supply Chain at Miami Dade are extremely promising. Miami Dade announced two new degree programs it plans to offer, an Associate of Science in Transportation and Logistics, expected to roll out Fall 2013, and a Bachelor of Applied Science, expected to roll out Fall 2014. Michelle Livingstone elaborated on the importance of education and said “education can never be taken away from you,” when motivating the audience to say yes when fortunate to have a company pay for higher education opportunities. “Only 10% of women choose careers in supply chain as a major in college, it is ripe for women,” continued Michelle. 
 
Michelle inspired the audience with her road to success, which included a map filled with 10 different locations all over the U.S. where Michelle had worked. “Sometimes you have to relocate to get ahead,” said Michelle. Michelle made it clear and matter of fact that “women must work harder to succeed then men,” and success “is 80% attitude and 20% aptitude.”
 
Natalie Putnam introduced a new concept, stating “problem finders” are tremendously valuable. Not problem solvers, but, instead, problem finders. Those that have the aptitude to find problems are much more so needed by organizations to evolve. Natalie commented that there are “multiple paths to success” and “1 in 9 people every day are in sales jobs” – a quote taken from Daniel Pink. Natalie discussed the importance and existence of the sale function in every line of work.
 
“It was encouraging to see so many women interested in the dynamic and growing supply chain field. The speakers were inspirational in sharing their experiences and how they navigated through and were successful in traditionally male dominated careers,” said Andy Funk.
 

 

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Careers for Women in Transportation

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 4, 2013 0 comments

"Be Bold! Women in Transportation" will feature prominent women in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management industry. The purpose of the event is to inform about career opportunities and attract women and minorities to the transportation industry. 

I’m thrilled to moderate this event where you’ll hear from top notch keynote speakers, Michelle Livingstone, VP of Supply Chain/Transportation at The Home Depot and Natalie Putnam, VP of Marketing at Ryder.

Join us to learn answers to the following questions:

  1. Why aren’t more women choosing Supply Chain/Transportation as a career?
  2. How will jobs in Supply Chain/Transportation evolve over the next few years?
  3. What does the logistics function look like within a manufacturing/distribution business? 
  4. How have energy prices affected the Transportation Industry?
  5. What impact does the changing demographics of the US have on opportunities for women in the supply chain field?

  6. What is the role of sales and marketing in supply chain, logistics and transportation?

  7. What is changing in business culture and what do  companies need to do to acquire talent?

  8. What are the skills needed to be successful in the field of logistics today?

  9. Why is a career in supply chain a good choice? 

The cost of luncheon is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Click HERE to register. 

For more information contact Jorge Guerra.