March 2012

How I Helped Release $2.5 Million Stuck in Customs

diaz_j3 (1)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 that complicated supply chain, it would be my job to help. Recently, a client had over 2.5 million dollars worth of electronic merchandise on hold by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) for alleged intellectual property rights violations and it was my job to get it released ASAP – Here’s how I succeeded.


By |2022-07-08T16:37:17-04:00March 28, 2012|IPR, Trademarks and Logos|0 Comments

Becker & Poliakoff Attorney Jennifer Diaz Recognized As OWIT 2011 Member Of The Year

The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), with more 2,000 members in 26 affiliate chapters worldwide, has recognized attorney Jennifer Diaz as its 2011 Member of the Year. The Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the organization and strong commitment to advancing women in international trade and business.

The professional association also selected OWIT’s South Florida chapter – of which Ms. Diaz is immediate Past President — as its 2011 Chapter of the Year.

In presenting the prestigious award to Ms. Diaz, OWIT cited her leadership in forging partnerships between her Chapter and prominent South Florida business and professional organizations, and for entering into an MOU with Miami Dade College to assist in developing a new export compliance program. The organization also praised Ms. Diaz’s creation of a social media chair on the Chapter board, an initiative that has resulted in one of the largest OWIT chapter fan bases on Facebook, a thriving LinkedIn presence and an active fan base on Twitter.

Ms. Diaz is the head of Becker & Poliakoff’s Customs & International Trade Practice Group. A Miami native, she graduated from Miami Beach Senior High, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern’s Shepard Broad Law Center. She is an alumnus of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami program and serves on the Boards of the Miami Council for International Visitors and Miami Beach Sister Cities. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers magazine.

OWIT’s South Florida Chapter was recognized for its leadership, and […]

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2012 CBP Symposium Announced!

CBP West Coast Trade Symposium 2012

CBP announced May 10, 2012 as the date for CBP’s Trade Symposium – Transforming Trade for a Stronger Economy.”  It will take place in Long Beach California, and registration starts March 20, 2012!

Here’s a sneak peak at the agenda: 

7:00 am – 8:30 am
7:00 am – 8:00 am
8:00 am – 8:10 am
8:10 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am – 9:45 am
9:45 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Continental Breakfast
Opening Remarks
General Session
General Session
General Session
CBP Leadership Town Hall 
Registration is $160 per person if you attend in person, and only $47 to participate by webcast. 

2012 International Boston Seafood Show

The annual International Boston Seafood Show is today and tomorrow at the Boston Convention Center.  The Show attracts 19,000 visitors, and is the largest seafood show in North America.  See  I am again lecturing on the Food Safety and Compliance Track with emphasis on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011: What every food importer and customs broker needs to know – now.

My topic is “Food Safety Compliance under the New Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.”  My fellow panelists discussing the FSMA, and import safety generally, include Ted Poplawski from the FDA, Judith Webster from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Howard Tennen from Quirch Foods, Dean Leaman of ABC Research Laboratories, and Dan Fone of NSF International.  Since 80% of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported, compliance with the food safety laws and regulations that have now been implemented by the FDA, in cooperation with CBP, is critical.

There were a record number of FDA Import Alerts for seafood in 2011, and a higher number of imported shipments of seafood are now the subject of Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE). What is surprising to many people is that the seafood is not just being stopped and inspected from China, but also Vietnam, Chile, and Canada, to name a few.  Moreover, seafood fraud in many forms such as species substitution or false country of origin to avoid the payment of anti-dumping duties is now being discovered by the FDA, CBP, and NOAA.  Criminal prosecutions and civil penalties by […]

By |2015-12-01T06:52:54-05:00March 12, 2012|Food, FSMA|0 Comments


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