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How I Helped Release $2.5 Million Stuck in Customs

Before beginning a career in international trade, I did not ever stop to think that the t-shirt I was wearing or dishes I was using were likely made elsewhere, and went through a long complicated logistics supply chain in order to reach my local store. Little did I know that when anything goes wrong in READ MORE

A Conversation with DHS Secretary Tom Ridge

On January 26, 2012, I attended an exclusive, “off the record dinner for Florida business and community leaders to discuss the growing global national security and economic challenges our country faces today.” The guest speaker was none other than the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge.  I was fascinated by READ MORE

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Seized My Goods – Oh No!

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) seizes merchandise EVERY day (and there is a LOT you can do to get your merchandise back!).  Check out the latest 2011 stats on intellectual property rights enforcement and seizure statistics. What some don’t know is the merchandise does NOT even have to be destined for the U.S. for READ MORE

HOW TO GET OFF THE FDA BLACK LIST (Import Alert List)

What is the Black List? The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authority from Congress to place an importer, manufacturer, shipper, grower, geographic area, or country on a “detention without physical examination” (DWPE) list (aka the FDA’s black list). To check if a company you are doing business with is on such a READ MORE

Do You Know the TOP 10 COMPLIANCE TIPS?

If you import, you need to! On behalf of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), I am hosting an informal round table where members OWIT will have the opportunity to get to know one another and learn all about compliance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)! Yes, men are welcome! This session is especially READ MORE