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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…. Continue Reading

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 Importing, Exporting, and FDA Compliance! Government and private speakers will participate.   Each seminar will provide resources for new and experienced international trade professionals including:

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

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

On 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… Continue Reading

In Tampa? Meet the Expert May 12, 2015

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

I’m proud to participate in America’s SBDC’s “Meet the Expert” seminar on May 12, 2015. If you are in Tampa, you won’t want to miss this seminar. It will take place from 3:30-5:30 PM at the FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building and will cover the following HOT Topics in International Law:

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… Continue Reading

Urban Land Institute Discusses New Trading Opportunities with Cuba

Posted in Export, OFAC, Speaking

On 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… 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 Trade Certification Program from May 28, 2015 through June 18, 2015 – and YOU should seriously consider registering for this program – below details why. The SBDC EXTENDED REGISTRATION UNTIL May 22, 2015 – TAKE ADVANTAGE TODAY! If you are thinking… Continue Reading

Revised Cuba Regulations Officially Released

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

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… Continue Reading

How the OFAC Stole Christmas

Posted in Export, OFAC

Reprinted with permission from Clif Burns of the Export Law Blog. A 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… Continue Reading

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

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

President 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… Continue Reading

Freight Forwarder Pays $125,000 Mitigated Penalty – Avoid This & Learn 11 Steps to Exporting

Posted in Best Practices, BIS, Events, Export, Freight Forwarding, OFAC, Uncategorized

Aramex Emirates, LLC, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for the unlicensed export and reexport to Syria, via the U.A.E., of network devices and software without the required BIS licenses. The Under Secretary of Commerce Eric… Continue Reading

Export Penalties Already Total $184 MILLION in 2014 – Want to Learn Who, What, Why & How to Stay Compliant?

Posted in Best Practices, BIS, CBP, Export, Freight Forwarding, Investigation, OFAC, Speaking

  Within just the first nine weeks of 2014, almost $182 million dollars in penalties have been assessed against companies for OFAC and ITAR export violations.  Within those same nine weeks alone, companies have been ordered to pay the Department of Treasury almost $25 million dollars more than was ordered in all of 2013. Simply… Continue Reading

CBP Trade Day – Port of Miami

Posted in CBP, Customs Broker, Department of Homeland Security, Events, Export, Import, U.S.Customs

Trade Day is coming to Miami, courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, (CBP) on April 2, 2014.  The ports of  Champlain, Boston, Savannah, Buffalo and Detroit have held Trade Day (some already twice) and we are thrilled CBP’s Port of Miami is bringing Trade Day to us. This is the time to take advantage…. Continue Reading

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

Posted in Best Practices, CBP, Export, Import

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.”… Continue Reading

Impact of Government Shutdown

Posted in BIS, CBP, Department of Homeland Security, Export, FDA Issues

The impact of the federal government shutdown, which began October 1, 2013, will be deeply felt by importers and exporters alike. Most government services deemed “essential” by the federal agencies will continue, but “non-essential” services will be discontinued until funding is restored. What does this mean for export licenses and the online version of the HTS?