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OFAC Increases Civil Monetary Penalties

posted by Jennifer Diaz April 4, 2018 0 comments

coinsOn March 19, 2018, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) adjusted its maximum civil monetary penalties for inflation (per the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015). The rationale for this increase is to maintain and improve the effectiveness and deterrent effect of civil monetary penalties. Any increase applies to penalties assessed after the effective date regardless of whether the violation occurred prior to such date.

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ExportOFAC

The Journal for Export Control Professionals

posted by Jennifer Diaz April 29, 2011 0 comments

I am pleased to introduce to you a new periodical, "World Export Controls Review – the journal of export controls and compliance," published by Brightlaw Media Ltd., London, England.  The first issue published in March 2011 is free.  The April 2011 publication contains my article entitled "Good Practice: Responding to an OFAC Administrative Subpoena" (available only upon request).

The publication reports on sanctions programs such as the United States has with Burma, Iran, and Libya, as well as general international trade topics such as "U.S. Tightens Controls on Foreign Workers" or "Evolving Intent Standards in U.S. Prosecutions". The publication is truly for the legal experts in international trade and export controls.

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world ecr helps its readers stay on top of:

  • Developments in export control regulation and policy around the world,
     
  • Changing enforcement policies and practice governing export and re-export,
     
  • Legal implications of changing distribution technologies, 
     
  • Best practice in trade regulation compliance, and
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  • Encryption, technology transfer and end-use and end-user controls.

I hope you enjoy reading the article, and will subscribe to the publication. 

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Forbidden Places for Tourism and Trade

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 30, 2010 3 Comments

Please make plans to attend the Forbidden Place-Tourism and Trade  seminar on Friday, September 24, 2010. This seminar will take place at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Miami, Florida. This half-day seminar will address a variety of recent regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Topics to be addressed include travel to and trade with restricted countries, immigration aspects of tourism to sanctioned countries, and representing a client who is the subject of an investigation or penalty by the OFAC.

Click on this highlighted link for a pdf of the full brochure for the agenda of the event.  Our featured luncheon guest speaker is Charles Bishop, Sanctions Coordinator, OFAC.  Mr. Bishop has primarily been involved with administering the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, including license applications for Service Providers, Carrier Service Providers, Travel Service Providers, and Remittance Forwarders.

Please call The Florida Bar’s International Law Section at 850-561-5831 to register over the phone, fax your registration to 850-561-5816 or register on-line at www.floridabar.org/CLE.    Attorneys who attend will receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the J.W. Marriott Hotel Miami at the rate of $114 single/double occupancy. To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at (305) 329-3500. Reservations must be made by September 3, 2010 to assure the group rate and availability. Group rate is valid 3 days before and 3 days after the event, based on availability. After September 3rd, the group rate will be granted on a "space available" basis.

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Everything You Need to Know About Exporting

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 16, 2009 0 comments

In the next few weeks, I am giving lectures and doing a webinar on the general topic of export compliance.  In my legal practice over the past 20 years as a Customs and International Trade attorney, I am increasingly involved with clients on export compliance and penalty matters.  The laws and regulations have changed dramatically over the past few years, as has the name and number of Federal agencies enforcing them, plus the penalties for non-compliance are much higher now.

Please call (305) 260-1053 with any questions regarding the below seminar/webinar (or compliance generally).

(1) On Wednesday, November 18, from 9 to 12 noon at the Doubletree Miami Mart, on behalf of the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, I am lecturing on complying with the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) requirements.  The seminar is entitled “Export Controls Compliance and Best Business Practices,” and it will cover everything from identifying the correct ECCN (Export Commodity Classification Number) in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), to submitting an export license, to  the decrementing of the license by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to interacting with Special Agents of the BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement conducting an investigation, to negotiating a favorable resolution after a Notice of Proposed Penalty has been issued against the company for an export violation.  I will also cover the various trade embargoes and sanctions with countries and foreign nationals and foreign organizations enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  That means everything from Cuba to Zimbabwe and from Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) to narco-traffickers.   Violations of BIS and OFAC regulations may result in severe criminal punishment or monetary penalties in the millions of dollars, plus individuals have personal liability.

(2) This Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:15 p.m, at the University of Phoenix, 11410 NW 20th Street, Miami, on behalf of the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), I will discuss “Export Controls Compliance and Penalties”. 

(3) On December 3, 2009, I will be a speaker in an “AES Compliance Webinar” from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  It is sponsored by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute. To participate, simply go to www.ncbfaa.org and select “AES Compliance Webinar” under “Upcoming Events.” The webinar answers the questions of how, when, and why to file the required Electronic Export Information (EEI) using AESDirect.  U.S. Customs is now regularly issuing penalties against exporters or freight forwarders for not properly filing the EEI.  If you are wondering what happened to the old Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) form, you should participate in this webinar that I am doing in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau.