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Jennifer Diaz to speak at FDLI Annual Conference

Posted in FDA Issues, Food, Speaking
I am honored to be a speaker at the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI’s) Annual Conference, taking place in Washington DC from April 20-21, 2015. My panel “Moving Food Commodities Across National Borders: Compliance, Tips, and Strategies” will take place on April 21, 2015 from 12:00-12:25 pm. I hope you can join. As an added incentive, use my code below to receive 15% off of your registration cost!

OFAC Publishes NEW FAQ on Cuba

Posted in BIS, Cuba, International Travel, OFAC
Today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control published a new updated Frequently Asked Questions Related To Cuba. The last FAQ from OFAC was on January 15, 2015, discussed in this previous post “Revised Cuba Regulations Officially Released“. There are 12 new questions discussed in OFAC’s new FAQ – made easy for your review – as all NEW questions are posted below, with some commentary in italics above the question.

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Urban Land Institute Discusses New Trading Opportunities with Cuba

Posted in Export, OFAC, Speaking

ULIOn April 29, 2015, the Urban Land Institute hosts private and public sector leaders for an interactive morning exploring the latest best practice trends, technology, and emerging markets affecting South Florida development, including the latest update on business with Cuba. The program will take place from 8:00 am – 11:30 am at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, 1825 Griffin Rd. , Dania Beach, FL 33004 United States.

Get behind-the-scenes info of two the hottest developments in the nation – the Pearl District in Portland and Denver’s Union Station. Learn how technology is changing the way we plan and implement development and explore the opportunities/challenges that lie ahead with Cuba’s emerging freight and consumer goods market.

I will be joined by Barbara Pimental of the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association and Michael Williamson of Cambridge Systematics to discuss exactly what the new trading opportunities with Cuba are, and what is still subject to the current sanctions program in place. Continue Reading

Are you Certified in International Trade?

Posted in Best Practices, CBP, Events, Export, Import, IPR, Trademarks and Logos, Speaking

The Fort Lauderdale Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting its coveted 2015 International Tsbdcrade Certification Program from May 28, 2015 through June 18, 2015 – and YOU should seriously consider registering for this program – below details why.

If you are thinking of entering the international market, or are already in the international market and want to improve – this program is for you. You will learn, from EXPERTS, how to perform market research, cross cultural communication, Legal/Intellectual Property Rights issues, Free Trade Agreements, export laws, export financing, logistics, and pricing (and more).

I have the honor of teaching two of the seven modules – Legal/Intellectual Property Rights issues and Free Trade Agreements.  Continue Reading

Revised Cuba Regulations Officially Released

Posted in BIS, Export, Import, International Travel, OFAC

cuba and key west

Today, a final rule, opening U.S. trade with Cuba, was published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Through this Federal Register notice, OFAC has amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the BIS has amended the Export Administration Regulations with a “Support for the Cuban People” license exception. This final rule is effective today, with proposed rulemaking, opportunity for public participation, and delay in effective date deemed inapplicable because this regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the U.S.

Cuban cigars will not be readily available for U.S. consumers to purchase as a result of these changes.

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TOMORROW Updated Cuban Assets Control Regulations Take Effect

Posted in Export, Import, International Travel, OFAC

cuba map

Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), which will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, January 16, 2015, at which time the changes will take effect. Continue Reading

How the OFAC Stole Christmas

Posted in Export, OFAC

Reprinted with permission from Clif Burns of the Export Law Blog.

santa_f16A spokesman for the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) told Export Law Blog this morning that discussions between OFAC and the North Pole over Santa Claus’s Christmas Eve itinerary had once again broken down and were not expected to be resumed before Santa’s scheduled departure on December 24 at 10 pm EST. Continue Reading

Business with Cuba – What’s Legal and What’s Not?

Posted in CBP, Export, Import, International Travel, OFAC, Uncategorized

Cuban cigarPresident Obama announced that the U.S. will lay out “a new course in our relations with Cuba.” This could mean new changes for very specific sectors at first – travel, financial services, telecom/communications, and companies that make and sell building materials and agricultural equipment. The current Sanctions in place will be eased for those engaged in trade and commerce. Does this mean that Cuban cigars will be readily available for U.S. consumers? No. The specific details of how this will occur are not in place yet, however they should be in the coming weeks. This does not mean the Sanctions imposed by the Cuban Assets Control Regulations issued in 1963 will end (that would take Congressional approval), they will just be eased in the following ways. Read on for the full details. Continue Reading