September 2023

Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

  • CBP releases August 2023 monthly update. Highlights:
    • CBP identified nearly $7.1 billion of duties to be collected by the U.S. government. 
    • CBP stopped 320 shipments valued at more than $68 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor.
    • CBP seized 1,710 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $177 million if the items had been genuine.
  • CBP’s Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy A. Miller met with senior officials from the Government of Mexico and the railway industry in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Friday to discuss action to address enhanced border security operations in response to increased encounters.  
  • CBP, Cabo Verde sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement
    • CBP said the agreement will enhance our mutual goals of securing the supply chain while promoting the movement of legitimate trade.
  • CBP announced, due to increased trade community participation in the ACE Electronic Export Manifest (EEM) pilot, it has extended the end date from Oct. 1 to April 1, 2024, for use of the Document […]
By |2023-09-30T11:49:30-04:00September 30, 2023|Snapshot|0 Comments

Bloomberg Law Feature: Voluntary Self-Disclosures: Recent Guidance From BIS, OFAC & DOJ

Diaz Trade Law is enthusiastic to announce Bloomberg Law published another one of our articles, “Voluntary Self-Disclosures: Recent Guidance From BIS, OFAC & DOJ”! Below is the article reproduced with permission for your reading pleasure. You can also read the article here.


If an individual or company believes it has violated US trade laws, proactively disclosing the potential violation can substantially reduce penalties. A system of disclosures, known as Voluntary Self-Disclosures (VSDs) and Prior Disclosures (PDs), exists for a wide array of federal agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Self-Disclosure Process & Benefits of Disclosing

Each agency has different requirements and processes for submitting VSDs or PDs. However, the process generally includes an initial notification to the agency followed by a supplemental narrative. Regardless of the agency involved, an initial notification of a violation should be transmitted as soon as it is discovered. Delaying disclosure after an apparent violation is discovered can disqualify a VSD or PD or even lead to more severe penalties when an agency initiates an enforcement action.

Agencies encourage parties to submit VSDs and PDs if they believe they have violated US trade laws and regulations. According to BIS, doing so is an “excellent indicator of a party’s intent to comply with U.S. export control requirements.”

Parties who disclose may benefit from significantly mitigated penalties. For example, minor or technical violations disclosed to BIS can […]

By |2023-10-30T16:04:46-04:00September 29, 2023|Bloomberg, Bloomberg Export, Bloomberg VSD|0 Comments

Jennifer Diaz Named Recipient of 2023 Women in Supply Chain Award

This award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network.

Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, named Jen Diaz as one of the winners of this year’s Women in Supply Chain Award, which honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network.   

“This year, we received over 400 submissions, the highest amount of applications not only for this award, but also for all of our awards. What’s more, 118 of those applications were submitted by male counterparts, nominating their boss, co-worker or associate. Last year, that figure was just at 75. Also this year, 39 women self-nominated, a tremendous uptick from last year’s award, which just saw 12 self-nominations. This shows progress. This shows hope that one day, we won’t need an award like this because men and women in the supply chain will be equal,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “While there’s still more work to be […]

By |2023-09-22T11:16:29-04:00September 22, 2023|Supply Chain|0 Comments

Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade news:    

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

  • CBP held a call to inform the trade community about port disruptions due to the migrant crisis at the Southwest border. Key updates:
    • The Eagle Pass Port of Entry has suspended rail operations. No rail passage north or south until further notice.
    • The El Paso field office is not processing northbound commercial traffic on the Bridge of Americas.
  • CBP announces increase in COBRA fees – CBP is adjusting certain customs user fees and corresponding limitations established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for Fiscal Year 2024.
  • CBP officers in Louisville seized a shipment containing 1,747 pieces of counterfeit designer rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. 
  • CBP officers at Chicago O’Hare’s International Mail Branch, seized a shipment containing 67 pieces of counterfeit designer watches, bracelets, handbags, and scarves. If genuine, would have had a combined Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) over $1 million.
  • EAPA case updateEAPA Cons. Case 7724: WHP Associates LLC (Final Administrative Determination)
    • The importer was investigated for importing lightweight thermal paper from the […]
By |2023-09-22T11:13:57-04:00September 22, 2023|Snapshot, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:     

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP initiates interoperability standards test to improve supply chain transparency 
    • The test seeks to establish global standards to foster transparency and a standard manner of communication between the private sector and government agencies while allowing both to maintain the ability to choose from various technologies. 
  • CBP announced publication of its Quick Reference Card (QRC) describing the best practices associated when reporting allegations of Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) violations to CBP regarding importer AD/CVD evasion. The QRC is available here. 
  • CBP has announced that it will hold its 2024 Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia on March 26-28, 2024. 
  • CBP and USDA will host a webinar to provide information about risks and regulations associated wood packaging material/ISPM 15.  The live webinar will take place virtually on Monday October 25, 2023 from 2:00-3:00pm EDT. Register here. 
  • CBP notified CTPAT partners that all primary POCs for CTPAT and TC Portal accounts MUST ensure user information and email addresses […]
By |2023-09-15T14:49:30-04:00September 15, 2023|Snapshot|0 Comments


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