Friday, May 31, 2013

Peter Quinter to Host CBP Seizures, Penalties and Liquidated Damages Webinar on June 4th

Peter Quinter will host "CBP Seizures, Penalties & Liquidated Damages: Getting Your Merchandise Back & Penalties Mitigated" webinar on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST. The webinar is hosted by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). 

Every day, as part of its mission to ‘Facilitate Trade and Secure the Border,’ U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seizes imported cargo and cargo attempted to be exported. CBP issues penalties to importers (and customs brokers), and assesses liquidated damages claims against importers for entry bond violations on a daily basis.  Eventually, an importer is likely to get a letter from the Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Office (FP&F) for a seizure, penalty, fine, or claim.  The importer or exporter will probably first contact its customs broker or freight forwarder for help. 

Every customs broker and freight forwarder should know what to say to the importer  or exporter to attempt to get the cargo released or to try to get the penalty and liquidated damages claim cancelled.

Attendees should leave this webinar knowing the crucial first steps that must be taken when these types of FP&F notices are received.  Everything from seizures of counterfeit merchandise to penalties for AES violations,  recordkeeping violations, false country of origin declarations, and undervaluation claims, to in-bond and warehouse bond violations will be discussed. At this webinar, you will learn how to assist an importer or exporter with detained or seized merchandise, or what to do when you or your customer get a penalty notice from the FP&F Office of CBP.


The deadline to register for this webinar is June 3, 2013. Click here to register for the Event.

For any questions or comments regarding these topics, please contact:

Peter Quinter, Shareholder and Chair
Customs and International Trade Law Group
GrayRobinson, P.A.
1221 Brickell Avenue
Suite 1600
Miami, Florida 33131
Office: (305) 416-6960
Mobile: (954) 270-1864
Peter.Quinter@Gray-Robinson.com



Monday, May 20, 2013

Export Compliance Bootcamp, Tampa, Florida, May 29, 2013, For Exporters and Freight Forwarders


Export Attorney Peter Quinter to Present at the "Export Compliance Bootcamp" presented by the U.S. Commercial Service and the Florida District Export Council

  
When: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: the EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College, 13805 58th St. North, Room 1-453, Clearwater, Florida 33760


Who Should Attend:  All those involved in the export process including manufacturers, exporters, freight forwarders, air and ocean carriers, international trade consultants and bankers, etc.

Click Here for the Registration Form
Contact Rachel Kreissl of the U.S. Department of Commerce at 727-464-4166 or by email at Rachel.Kreissl@trade.gov for more information.

What's Covered?
- How to avoid shipping to denied parties,
- Whether your product needs an export license,
- How to apply for an export license,
- Which government agency has jurisdiction over export controls for your product,
- Export filing requirements (foreign trade regulations),
- The new Automated Export System (AES) requirements, 
- Export Administration Regulations (EAR),
- International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 
- Trade embargoes and sanction, and
- Voluntary Self Disclosures (VSDs).


The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S Department of Commerce and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) of the U.S. Department of State investigate and assess penalties against exporters and freight forwarders for export violations.  Numerous Tampa Bay area companies have been criminally prosecuted for export violations.


 For any questions or comments regarding these topics, please contact:

Peter Quinter, Shareholder and Chair
Customs and International Trade Law Group
GrayRobinson, P.A.
1221 Brickell Avenue
Suite 1600
Miami, Florida 33131
Office: (305) 416-6960
Mobile: (954) 270-1864
Peter.Quinter@Gray-Robinson.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

FDA's New eCopy Submission Requirement for 510(k) Medical Device Approvals

Effective January 1, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will only review a premarket submission if it has an electronic copy (eCopy) that has been validated by FDA's eCopy loading system. An eCopy is defined as an exact duplicate of the paper submission, created and submitted on a compact disc (CD), digital video disc (DVD), or a flash drive.

This means that 510(k)'s and applications for Premarket Approval (PMA's) which are not submitted to FDA in both hard copy and eCopy format will be rejected. An eCopy is accompanied by a paper copy of the signed cover letter and the complete paper submission. The signed eCopy statement must say: THIS ECOPY IS AN EXACT DUPLICATE OF THE PAPER COPY.

Failure to submit these two additional items will delay the review, and, therefore, required approval, of your medical device with FDA. For detailed information on FDA's new eCopy program, read FDA's final guidance: eCopy Program for Medical Device Submissions - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff

For more information on medical device compliance with the FDA, contact:



Peter Quinter, Esq.
Chair, Customs and International Trade Law Group
Shareholder, GrayRobinson, P.A.
1221 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1600
Miami, Florida 33131

Direct:  305-416-6960