Jennifer Diaz

Of Counsel

jdiaz@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Jennifer Diaz is a Board Certified International Attorney, professor and professional speaker, considered an expert in international law by the Florida Bar. She previously served as the partner in charge of the Customs and International Trade Department, and now serves in an Of Counsel role. Jennifer is part of an elite group of Board Certified International attorneys in Florida specializing in Customs and International trade law. She is results-oriented and regularly assists clients with issues relating to the import and export of merchandise to and from the United States and expediting supply chains with robust pre-compliance programs.

Ms. Diaz is an expert in working with the many Federal agencies that regulate trade, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). She handles issues relating to “pre-compliance” including ensuring compliance with federal government agencies prior to importation or exportation. This includes proper assessment of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), compliant country of origin labeling, valuation and free trade agreement usage. She routinely requests Binding Rulings from CBP to assist her clients with all necessary pre-compliance needs to ensure the use and documentation of “reasonable care.”

Notable Client Accomplishments
  • Assisted in applying and getting approval for one of the first alternative site framework applications (and many thereafter) for Port Miami’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 281.
  • Assisted importer in a “pre-compliance” program reviewing intellectual property rights prior to importation and reporting the same to CBP proactively and thereby decreasing intensive examinations and detentions of merchandise by CBP.
  • Assisted importer in filing numerous successful Protests with CBP after receiving Requests for Information (CBP 28) and Notices of Action (CBP 29) from CBP for free trade agreement verification, resulting in continued duty free treatment of merchandise.
  • Assisted importer in obtaining the expedited release of time sensitive cargo detained by FDA. Regularly assist importers in successfully obtaining merchandise seized by U.S. CBP. 
  • Assisted importer in filing voluntary disclosures to CBP for underlying violations of CBP regulations resulting in no additional penalties being assessed for violations.
  • Obtained importer permits and COLA approvals for alcohol and tobacco importers with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
  • Successfully mitigated penalties from CBP for an underlying intellectual property rights violation. Examples include mitigating a $4,147,823.00 penalty down to $4,000.00, and a $395,225.00 penalty down to $37,320.00.