June 2019

List 3 Exclusion Requests to Open June 30 via Online Portal

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On May 9, 2019, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register Notice announcing that an exclusion process will become available for goods on List 3. The Proposed Section 301 Modification is set to increase the current tariffs on goods listed in the Annex from a 10 percent ad valorem to a 25 percent ad valorem.

On Monday, June 24, 2019, USTR released a Notice detailing the exclusion process. As discussed in our previous blog, USTR confirmed that the process will open up via an online portal on June 30, 2019. Exclusions may be posted between noon on June 30 until September 30, 2019.




U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that the 2019 Trade Symposium will be held on July 23-24, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago, Illinois.
Registration is open and CLOSES on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).


This year’s symposium will include discussions on:

  • Trade Transformation (Port of the future/ Emerging Technology)
  • Northern Triangle (Immigration & crime from Central/South America)
  • E-Commerce
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement
  • Trade Remedies
  • Forced Labor

The Symposium will also offer One-on-One Center Discussions!

If you want a more detailed description of the event, CBP has provided a tentative agenda!

If you want to learn more about what you will learn, who you will meet and why you should attend – we have recaps of previous CBP Trade Symposiums HERE.

Let us know if we will see you there (email info@diaztradelaw.com). We would love to meet up with you and help ensure that you make valuable connections! See you at the CBP 2019 Trade Symposium.

We already knew Jen was Super! Here’s proof


Diaz Trade Law is proud to announce that our very own expert customs and international attorney Jennifer Diaz has been recognized as a 2019 Super Lawyer. This is Diaz’s 7th consecutive Super Lawyer honor. From 2012 to 2016 she continuously earned the “Rising Star” distinction and has yet to miss a “Super Lawyer” award since 2017.

According to its website, Super Lawyers distinguishes the outstanding service of lawyers from over 70 fields of practice, and awards recipients who embody an extraordinary level of peer recognition and respect, as well as personal success.

The selection process reviews over twelve areas of recognition, including nominations and evaluations from peers, as well as independent research conducted by a third-party. Although a multiplicity of lawyers may potentially qualify, Super Lawyers only awards the top 5% of total lawyers in a given state, effectively strengthening the already rigorous matriculation process.

This prestigious award not only signifies a patented level of respect amongst one’s peers but due to the independent research, serves to highlight the unparalleled dynamics of each awarded lawyer.

About Diaz Trade Law

Jennifer Diaz is an expert in assisting companies with successfully complying with the multitude of U.S. federal laws and regulations related to both import and export transactions as well as supply chain security. We are passionate about strategizing with clients to achieve successful results and optimize compliance with U.S. federal government agencies. We represent global clients of every size, from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

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President Trump, not wanting the US to be complicit in the oppression and subjugation of Cubans, has decided to roll back the newly established relationship and directed the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to draft a final rule limiting the types of aircraft that are authorized to fly to Cuba and the types of vessels that are authorized to sail to Cuba on temporary sojourn. This change is likely to be a result of the exponential growth of the island’s economy, coupled with the lack of improvement in overall quality of life for its citizens.



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