Import or Distribute Alcoholic Beverages in Florida or the US

Distribute alcoholic beverages in FloridaIn order to import or distribute alcoholic beverages in Florida or the United States, there are requirements you must meet set forth by federal, state, and local levels of government. These requirements include the obtainment of licenses, approval of labels for the products, FDA approval, and more.

The various licenses you will need will depend on the purpose of your business and the business activities in which you will engage to operate that business. An experienced international business attorney will be able to determine and assist you in obtaining the proper licenses needed to conduct your business in Florida and the US.

If you import or distribute alcoholic beverages in Florida or the United States and do not properly adhere to the regulations set forth by the various government agencies, then you could be subject to penalties that could stop your ability to conduct business in the United States and the State of Florida.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, P.L., we have successfully assisted clients in obtaining importation and distribution licenses in Florida and the United States. We can also assist you with setting up a company to import or distribute alcoholic beverages, assist you with contracts needed for the business, such as distribution agreements, and much more.

Import Products to the US and Florida

Import products to the USIf you are interested in or currently importing products to the United States, then it is important to ensure that you are abiding by US Customs laws. As trade between countries increases and the world becomes more globalized, there are greater opportunities for domestic and foreign entrepreneurs to export products out of the United States and import products to the US.

Various agencies on federal, state, and local levels have strict guidelines on imported products that must be met, such as labeling, content, and safety requirements. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in penalties, including fines or seizure of the goods in question.

An experienced US Customs attorney will be able to guide you through the various steps and regulations to ensure you are meeting all of the requirements to import products to the US.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, P.L., we can assist you not only through the process of importing products to the US, but also with setting up your business through which to import the products. Additionally, you may qualify for an E1 visa, which is a specific visa classification for those who participate in substantial, ongoing trade between the US and a treaty country.

If you are interested in exporting or importing products to the US, creating a business to do such, applying for an E1 visa, or any combination thereof, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s customs attorneys and international law attorneys to see how we can help you today.

Beer and Florida Alcohol Licensing Requirements

Florida alcohol licensing requirementsFlorida is ranked as the No. 3 state for beer shipments in the US, according to new data from the Beer Institute. Florida’s beer distributors, who are required to meet Federal and Florida alcohol licensing requirements, have an annual economic impact of about $3.2 billion, ranking No. 4 in that category.

Beer consumption in the US rose 1.5 percent in 2012, with North Dakota as the highest.

If you are interested in starting a business that involves beer or other alcohol, there are very specific Florida alcohol licensing requirements and Federal alcohol licensing requirements.

Here at Boyer Law firm, we can help you not only with the Federal and Florida alcohol licensing requirements for this type of business, but we can also help you setup the business. Our business attorneys are also available for business planning sessions and preventative business law meetings to help you run and maintain a profitable business.

Small-Medium Sized Businesses & International Trade

International TradeEnterprises engaged in international trade and cooperation are twice as likely to be successful as those that only operate domestically, according to a study done my HIS Global Insight and DHL Express.

We are becoming a more globalized world, and businesses need to be able to keep up with this trend in order to survive.

“[We] firmly support the view that international trade creates tremendous value for SMEs (small- to medium-sized businesses). It not only opens up new markets for their products and services, but also gives them access to international best practices and innovations,” said DHL Express CEO Ken Allen.

The South Florida Business Journal named the following countries the top trade partners of South Florida:

  1. Brazil – $13,688.3 MILLION in total trade, January – October 2012
  2. Colombia – $8,101 MILLION in total trade, January – October 2012
  3. Switzerland – $7,539.7 MILLION in total trade, January – October 2012
  4. Costa Rica – $6,147.1 MILLION in total trade, January – October 2012
  5. Venzuela – $5,494.5 MILLION in total trade, January – October 2012

The DHL study revealed that small to medium sized businesses are concerned with the lack of available information on foreign markets, high customs duties, difficulty establishing contracts with different foreign enterprises and the ability to generate an overseas customer base. Here at Boyer Law Firm, our expertise in International Law can guide you through every step of this process.

Sources: South Florida Business Journal

Florida Ports

Florida PortsA new report, “the State of Florida Ports,” has been released by the Florida Ports Council. The report details the economic status and impact of each port.

The report details the funding and planning being taken into account in order for the ports to accomplish their goal of creating jobs, boosting economic activity, and capturing future international and domestic business for Florida. Florida seaports are competing with seaports from other states to achieve these goals.

In order to meet the funding requirements to keep the port running, Florida seaports have embraced private-public partnerships, meaning that they receive funding from federal and state agencies, as well as private-partnerships.

As a result of this funding, Port Everglades has been able to contract with Florida East Coast Railways in order to facilitate easier transportation of items coming into the port, Port Miami has invested over $2 billion in various improvements to support cargo and cruise growth, and Port Tampa has contracted with CSX and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners to complete a multipurpose design meant to handle ethanol cars or intermodal containers.

“This is an extremely competitive business and Florida’s ports have already stepped up to the plate.”

Source: Dredging Today

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Turkish Professionals Discuss Trade Agreement with US

Turkey Trade AgreementAs the United States and the European Union continue talks of a free-trade agreement, Turkish professionals are debating how this agreement can increase trade between Turkey and the US in a way that benefits Turkey.

There has been a swift, noticeable increase in trade volume between the US and Turkey over the last 10 years, Turkish American Business Association (TABA/AmCham) President Ekim Alptekin said. However, Turkey’s imports from the US, amounting to $14 billion, and their exports to the US, amounting to $5.6 billion, are not enough trade between the two countries. Alptekin said it is important for Turkey to improve commercial relations with the US because their trade with Europe is declining.

Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) Vice President Ahmet Ciğer noted that under the free-trade agreement, Turkey would be subject to the same rules as Europe while importing goods from the US, but the US could impose extra tariffs on exported goods from Turkey. “However,” Ciğer said, “since trade relations between the US and Turkey are not at the desired level, the damage would not be that fatal.”

For the past two years, the US was ranked Turkey’s fifth largest trading partner, and Turkey was the 32nd largest goods trading partner for the US in 2011. The top exports from Turkey to the US are vehicles, machinery, iron and steel, and the top imports from the US to Turkey are aircrafts, iron and steel, oil, and machinery.

The two countries also have other shared business ideas. US firms are investing in Turkey because they consider it a springboard to Middle Eastern, and regional markets of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and there is a growing interest from Turkish infrastructures and energy companies to join the U.S. market.

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Jaxport Looking for New CEO

JaxportThe Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is looking for a new CEO, and a state representative and the current interim CEO both want the job. The position opened last month when the former CEO Paul Anderson left to take the top post at the Tampa Port Authority.

Jaxport is a full-service, international trade seaport in Jacksonville, Florida. It handles containerized cargo, automobiles, recreational boats and construction equipment, dry and liquid bulks, breakbulk commodities, and oversized and specialty cargo.

The facilities owned by Jaxport include dock and wharfs, cranes, a passenger cruise terminal, warehouses, paved open storage areas, and road connections to the public highway system. Their mission is to contribute to the economic growth and vitality of Northeast Florida by fostering and stimulating commerce through the Port of Jacksonville.

Here at Boyer Law Firm, we have assisted clients through the processes of trade, importing and exporting goods, and customs law. If you need help with any of these areas in Jacksonville or other parts of Florida, please contact us today.

Sources: Jacksonville Business Journal ; Jaxport.com

 

Escrow Services for a Large Transaction

Making a large purchase or sale that includes shipping can be a scary thing. What if the seller doesn’t provide the item? What if the buyer doesn’t pay for the item? Who should go first?

The answer is: NEITHER. The smartest way to make a large transaction that involves shipping, online or otherwise, is to use an escrow agent.

Escrow Services for a Large PurchaseWhen an escrow agent is used, both the buyer and seller agree to terms. These terms should include a description of what is being purchased, the purchase price, and the estimated time of delivery.

After the terms have been agreed to, the buyer will deposit the money into the escrow account. Once it is confirmed the money is in the account, the seller will be notified to ship the item. Once the buyer accepts the item, the seller will receive the money that is in the escrow account.

If anything goes wrong along the way, the third-party escrow agent will be able to mediate the situation before it blows up into a civil litigation matter that could cost both parties thousands of dollars.

If you are interested in using or learning more about our escrow services, Boyer Law Firm, PL, can help. For example, we recently helped a client purchase a collectible car through the escrow process. We escrowed the funds in addition to sending a mechanic to physically inspect the car before our client purchased it.

Our escrow services can help you with purchases of:

–          Used cars
–          New cars
–          Used Machinery
–          Commodities
–          Marble
–          Used road equipment
–          Spare parts
–          And much more…

Don’t make a large purchase without considering an escrow agent first. We have seen too many people fall victim to fraud, scams, and receiving no or undesirable merchandise.

Port of Panama City Expands for International Trade

International trade growth has led to the expansion of Florida’s only container shipping port, which is good news for Florida importers and exporters.International trade: import and export

Bay County, Florida is home to Florida’s only container port, the Panama City Port in Northwest Florida, and the port will be expanding.

Port Panama City has access to the Gulf of Mexico through an almost 9-mile channel. The port has deepened this channel to 36 feet, and it is in the process of constructing two buildings at the new off-site Intermodal Distribution Center to be used for port arrivals awaiting pickup and port arrivals that will be delivered in the U.S. by truck or train.

The expansion of the port, the new U.S. trade agreements with South American and Latin American countries, and the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal offer new opportunities to expand international trade between Florida and these countries.

There are currently 15 seaports in Florida: Port of Fernandina, Port of Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Port of Fort Pierce, Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades, Port Miami, Port Key West, Port Manatee, Port of St. Petersburg, Port of Tampa, Port Citrus, Port of Port St. Joe, Port Panama City, and Port of Pensacola.

We have assisted clients through the processes of trade, importing and exporting goods, and customs law.

 

Sources: Florida Trend ; Florida Seaports; Port Panama City USA

 

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Technology of a Large Florida Firm, Personality of a Small Florida Firm

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Whether you’re going to buy groceries or hiring an attorney, costs and fees are always a concern. That is why we at Boyer Law Firm insist on a written fee agreement with you, the client. We have hourly, contingency and flat fee rates, and we offer convenient online payments with Visa, MasterCard, and Paypal.

We take time to explain any questions that our clients may haven order to provide comfort for you and confidence in our firm.

Technology

We maintain all of our files in electronic format using the latest technology available to large firms, which we have chosen to acquire. Every document is scanned within 24 hours, read,Photo Courtesy of Stockfreeimages.com analyzed, and processed. We will often email you the document as well in order to keep you updated on your case. We want to make sure that we are providing for you, our client.

We have subscriptions to online, specialized legal software to access the most up-to-date legal information, case laws, and statutes that may be relevant to your case.

Our central server allows our staff to access information and documents relevant to your case from anywhere, anytime, including while in court, while traveling, and even overseas!

Our case management software allows us to schedule with greater precision. This allows us to not only stay on top of your case, but also to plan well ahead of deadlines imposed by law.

Personality

Because we are a small firm, we are able to build a lasting relationship with our clients. We understand that legal matters usually take an emotional toll on all parties involved, and we strive to show compassion in every case.

If you need legal representation regarding business law, international law, immigration, real estate or estate planning, please contact us today.

SBA Backs Loans to Florida Small Business Exporters

As we become a more “globalized” world, international trade is becoming more popular and more important, especially in the small business world. E-commerce and logistics have allowed Florida small businesses to more easily reach the 96% of consumers who reside outside of the U.S.

By creating a business in Florida and exporting goods and services to other countries, you are receiving the benefits of owning a business in Florida, while still being able to reach a vast arena of consumers. This allows for increased sales and profit opportunities.

South Florida, in particular, is a major hub for international trade activity. Image courtesy of Stockfreeimages.com

The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) had loaned over $213 million in the Miami-Dade area alone in the 2012 fiscal year (FY2012). SBA loans in South Florida have increased 25% since the FY2010.

“Loans have been guaranteed for as little as $5,000 all the way up to the new loan limit of $5 million,” SBA Deputy District Director Jonel Hein said.

In addition to facilitating loans, SBA offers counseling and training, export matchmaking conferences, and other information to help small businesses.

Small business increasing their exports helps to create jobs and stimulate the economy of the local community. Creating a business in Florida will benefit you, your employees, and the Florida community.

If you are considering opening a business in Florida, Boyer Law Firm can help you.

Sources: Miami Today, SBA.gov

Florida is America’s Top Four States for Exports

Since 2008, Florida has remained in the top five for America’s leading export states and came in fourth for 2011.  In fact, Florida increased the amount it exported by 17% over the numbers published from 2010.  On top of Florida’s yearly gains in annual exports, Florida’s new exports accounted for $9.4 billion, which was higher than the national average.  These numbers include both products and services, of which Florida exported over $30 billion worth.  Florida’s export industry also provides thousands of jobs and is a major player in the state’s economy.  However, things may not go as well overall in 2012.

One of Florida’s major import/export partners has seen a drop in exports from Florida and an increase in exports to Florida.  Spain is dealing with an economic crisis, which Florida feels, mainly in the Miami area.  Florida exports to Spain in 2011 dropped “nearly 30%” due mainly to high unemployment in the country causing a drop in demand.  On the other hand, Spanish exports to Florida rose over 50%, which may be partially attributable to the United States’ ability to handle its own economic crisis.  Despite the drop in Florida’s exports to Spain last year, Florida was still able to finish number four in the country for exports, which speaks volumes about the strength of Florida’s import/export industry.

Florida Governor Rick Scott stated, “This ranking confirms that Florida is a great place to do business on a global scale… My team works every day to make Florida the No. 1 business state and a highly valued trade partner with countries around the world, especially those in Central and South America.”

Information for this article was found at http://www.sunshineslate.com/2012/03/26/florida-2011-exports/ and http://www.miamitodaynews.com/news/120405/story5.shtml.