Navigating the Complex World of Importing and Exporting with Jennifer Diaz from Diaz Trade Law

Jennifer Diaz, the head of Diaz Trade Law, came on to True Law Stories to discuss the intricate world of importing and exporting goods into the United States. She explained what trade law is and how her firm assists individuals and businesses who want to import or export anything.


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The Importance of Compliance and Regulations

Jennifer emphasized the importance of compliance with the regulations set by multiple agencies, including the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission, for imports of certain products such as food and children’s items. Failure to comply with regulations can result in the loss of investment and US government penalties, making it crucial for businesses to use “reasonable care” and have a compliance team to ensure they are importing products legally.

Diaz Trade Law’s Assistance to Businesses

Diaz Trade Law assists with determining necessary licenses and permits, labeling requirements, and compliance with regulations of the 47 government agencies that regulate imports and exports in the US. Diaz Trade Law has helped numerous businesses grow and become successful in the import and export industry by ensuring compliance with regulations, including those related to medical device establishment fees and drop ball certification.

The Consequences of Not Following Regulations

Individuals and small businesses often underestimate the regulations involved with importing and exporting, resulting in compliance issues and penalties. Diaz shared examples of liquidated damages claims for sunglasses, anti-dumping duties on wooden furniture, and seizure of products for trademark infringement that have led to significant financial and legal consequences for importers. Importers must comply with regulations set by multiple agencies, including the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission. Small importers are particularly vulnerable to liability and may make costly mistakes without realizing it.

Advanced Technology and the Role of US Customs and Border Protection

Diaz also discussed the use of advanced technology by US Customs and Border Protection to identify potential violations. Customs has the power to seize products and issue penalties for noncompliance, with potential criminal implications in cases where safety is compromised. Ongoing cases under the Enforce and Protect Act allow competitors to make confidential allegations of noncompliance, and importers must prove themselves innocent without full access to the evidence against them.

Resources for Importers and Exporters

Diaz provides resources on her company website, including articles, webinars, and training, to help importers stay informed and compliant. Diaz also shares insights and updates on LinkedIn. Diaz advises businesses to choose their service providers wisely and cautions against trying to cut corners or hide under the old ways of importing as this is no longer feasible with the resources that customs has at its disposal. Diaz advises businesses to be proactive and ensure they have the right help to avoid penalties and legal issues.

In conclusion, importing and exporting can be complex and fraught with risks. Diaz Trade Law helps businesses navigate these complexities and avoid the potential consequences of non-compliance. Compliance with regulations is necessary for successful importing, and Diaz Trade Law provides the resources to stay informed and compliant. By utilizing a compliance team and reasonable care, businesses can avoid costly mistakes and ensure success in the import and export industry.



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