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Ready to Travel to Cuba? OFAC Simplifies Process

On April 18, 2013, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced its effort to streamline license processing procedures by accepting requests for licenses, license amendments, and interpretive guidance electronically. This will not only simplify the process for those that wish to travel to Cuba, this new electronic application program can also be used for applications to READ MORE

Do You Keep Your Manifest Information CONFIDENTIAL?

Did you know importers and consignees can request that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) keep your manifest information confidential? If you are currently letting your competitors know your source, read on, and learn how to keep your private data private!Pursuant to the privacy statute, 19 C.F.R. § 103.31 (d) the public is allowed to READ MORE

Deadline for FDA Rules Demanded

Proponents of food safety, such as The Center for Food Safety, are putting pressure on the FDA to implement the proposed regulations enacted under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Currently, there is an ongoing case between The Center for Food Safety and the FDA. The case has been presented to a California federal judge who READ MORE

File Your Petitions Timely, Or Else…

As of January 9, 2013, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is making procrastinators pay the price for filing untimely petitions that seek relief from liquidated damages. CBP amended it’s guidelines for the cancellation and mitigation of claims for liquidated damages in cases where petitioners are late in filing claims for relief. Additionally, CBP also changed READ MORE

Seizure Averted – Why a Customs Lawyer is Essential at Detention

Sitting with your head down moping about U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding your goods is never the right answer! Two days ago, a potential client called and explained that a valuable shipment was detained by CBP. The potential client asked if I could help recoup the goods from CBP, during this detention phase, READ MORE