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Update on U.S. Laws Regarding Commerce with Cuba

Posted in Best Practices, BIS, Cuba, Export, OFAC, Speaking
Join NEI for an insightful conversation about rapidly evolving business opportunities in Cuba, brought to you by yours truly. The Webinar will highlight particular areas of interest, including: a current overview of the current rules and regulations governing transactions with Cuba, learning what travel to Cuba is authorized, what the latest regulations by BIS and OFAC cover, and future opportunities for growth in telecommunication, construction, and finance.
The audience will be provided with the latest exceptions as they relate to business transactions with Cuba. U.S. companies with a desire to learn the new business opportunities as they relate to Cuba should attend. Continue Reading

Register Now to Meet FDA’s Director of Import Operations and Maintenance – November 12, 2015

Posted in Best Practices, CBP, Cosmetics, Customs Broker, FDA Issues, Food, FSMA, Import, Import Alert, Medical Devices, Speaking, U.S.Customs
Do you need to know the current issues affecting importing and exporting for international trade professionals?  What about common compliance issues when importing food, cosmetics, and medical devices?  If you answered yes, you will not want to miss the last of our three-part seminar series that will cover these topics and much more.  Plus, members of supporting organizations, clients of Becker & Poliakoff, and future members and clients, will receive a discount!  Here’s all the information about our upcoming seminar:

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Annual U.S. CBP Trade Symposium is Quickly Approaching

Posted in CBP, Import


Don’t miss your chance to attend the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 2015 East Coast Trade Symposium that will be held from November 4th-5th, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.  

This year’s symposium, Transforming Global Trade, features presentations by distinguished guests, like CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske and CBP Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, whom will deliver the keynote addresses.

The agenda for the two-day event is action packed as always, full of presentations, keynote addresses, and break-out sessions (in addition to terrific networking). Topics this year will include: Continue Reading

Five Day TRADE Conference in Fort Lauderdale

Posted in Best Practices, CBP, Events, Export, Import, Speaking

FITCEWhether you’re a new business that wants to connect with import and export experts, or an existing business that wants to expand its activity across the globe, you do not want to miss the Florida International Trade & Cultural Expo (“FITCE”).

FITCE  is a five-day event that is held October 12th to 16th at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.  World leaders, high level networking, business opportunities and expert panelists are just some of the reasons to attend FITCE. Continue Reading

TOP 11 NEW Business Opportunities with Cuba as a Result of NEW OFAC and BIS Laws

Posted in Best Practices, BIS, Cuba, Export, OFAC, Speaking
In December, 2014, we updated you on the president’s historic announcement in regards to doing business in Cuba, and in January we updated you on both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amendments to the Cuban Assets Controls Regulations (“CACR”) and the amendments to the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by the United States
Department of Commerce. As of September 21, 2015, both OFAC and the BIS have amended their regulations again, and below details the top 11 changes as a result of the new laws.
We’ll be discussing these new changes on October 8th, at our Export Compliance Seminar at the Miami Free Zone. Blog subscribers get to take advantage of the discount code! Email me at jdiaz@bplegal.com for it. You can RSVP here

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3 Part Compliance Seminar Series You DON’T Want to Miss!

Posted in Best Practices, BIS, CBP, Cosmetics, Cuba, Customs Broker, Department of Homeland Security, Events, Export, FDA Issues, Food, FSMA, Import, Medical Devices, OWIT, Speaking
We are excited to announce our upcoming 3 part seminar series on ImportingExporting, and FDA Compliance! Government and private speakers will participate.  
Each seminar will provide resources for new and experienced international trade
professionals including:

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Calling Medical Device Importers Attending U.S.’s TOP Medical Show, FIME

Posted in Best Practices, FDA Issues, Medical Devices, Speaking

If you import medical devices into the U.S. (or want to), FIME is the trade show for you. Last year, FIME surveyed attendees and received feedback that 52,890 FIME attendees were interested in 25 categories of medical device products. FIME is the #1 Medical Show, and the #1 Medical Trade Fair – and takes place from August 5-7, in my home town, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Since 2010, I have had the privilege to be a speaker at FIME and had some of the
largest groups of attendees to discuss compliance with the FDA, and how to resolve typical FDA and CBP issues.  

I’m thrilled to say I’m speaking again this year. My topic is “How to Effectively Resolve Typical U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Issues for Medical Devices”. 

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Posted in Cosmetics, FDA Issues, Import, Import Alert


In June alone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused the importation of over 200 different shipments of Cosmetics from 22 different countries.The two main reasons the FDA cited in refusing entry of cosmetic products were:

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Embassies and Island Wide Wi-Fi by July in Cuba

Posted in BIS, Cuba, International Travel, OFAC

cuba phonePresident Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will now reestablish diplomatic ties and reopen embassies in their respective capitals. The announcement comes just one month after the Secretary of State removed Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list. Although it would take an act of Congress to lift the trade embargo, reopening embassies is another brick in the foundation of normalizing trade relations. With the new embassies opening in July, there will be greater contact between the US and the Cuban people which will ultimately lead to a change in the US’s attitude towards the trade embargo.

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“Fast Track” Bill Signed Into Law: Next Up Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted in Export, FTA, Import, IPR, Trademarks and Logos

mapOn Monday, President Obama signed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) into law. TPA, also known as the “fast track” bill, was seen as a crucial component in solidifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Although the re-authorization of TPA grants the President greater authority in his ability to negotiate and secure a trade deal–thus speeding up the TPP negotiation process–the TPP still has some tough negotiations ahead. However, the new authority Congress granted the President will now give him the power needed to ultimately conclude negotiations on the TPP.

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