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Band-Aid or Stitches? What’s Your Compliance Approach?

When you get a deep cut, do you simply put on a band-aid or do you go to the hospital to get stitches that you really need? Stitches take time and are more costly – but, your bleeding will stop and your cut is less likely to re-open. With a band-aid – you’re likely to READ MORE

As U.S. Imports from China Intensify so does CBP Enforcement

Co-authored by Michael De Biase.  With the concentration of US imports from China increasing in parallel with intellectual property rights seizures, companies rely heavily on the government, specifically on US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to help protect and enforce their intellectual property rights (“IPR”). According to Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and READ MORE

DR-CAFTA: Si o No? ( Yes or No?)

Co-authored by Carlos Gimenez. Just because you are importing a product from a party to the DR-CAFTA Free Trade Agreement, does not necessarily mean that the product will be granted DR-CAFTA treatment by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”). Even if 95% of the product is made from components that all originate from DR-CAFTA party READ MORE

South Florida’s Unsung Heroes Gain Recognition on November 15, 2012

For over a decade, the South Florida Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women, has hosted the International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards. On November 15, 2012, the OWIT-South Florida will host the 11th annual IBWOY Awards READ MORE

Don’t Let Your Bioterrorism Act Registration Lapse

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) has for the first time, specifically put the onus on importers to have a program to verify that the food products they are bringing into this country are safe. The idea behind FSMA is to change FDA regulatory enforcement and focus to more of a preventative approach, READ MORE