Rum, Risk and Ruin: 13 Reasons Why You Still Shouldn’t Do Business in Cuba.

 The removal of Cuba from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list this week sparked a groundswell of excitement among U.S. entrepreneurs, lawyers, and investors looking to profit from the “enormous opportunities” on the island. As part of the Florida Bar’s first-ever delegation to Havana, Cuba last week, I got the chance to see these “opportunities” for myself. Indeed, … [Read more...]

Japan’s New 24-Hour Advance Manifest Rule Takes Effect on March 10, 2014.

On March 14, 2014, Japan will join the global effort to make things more difficult for exporters secure supply chains against international terrorism with the implementation of it’s own “24-hour rule.” First implemented by the U.S. in 2002, the 24-hour advance manifest rule requires all inbound cargo carriers to submit complete manifests a full 24 hours before leaving their … [Read more...]

Enforcing a Contract in Latin America? Good Luck with That.

I got a call recently from a local manufacturer looking to sue a supplier in a Latin American country for breach of contract. Given Miami’s proximity to the region, I see these types of cases a lot. The first thing I’ll do is take a look at the case to confirm that jurisdiction would be proper in the U.S. And most of the time it is. However, when the jurisdictional … [Read more...]

3 Steps to Prepare your International Business for Crisis and Continuity

A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the seventh post in the series. Global companies today face a variety of serious risks that range from political disturbances, terrorist bombings, supply chain disruptions, natural disasters and cyber-attacks, to the kidnapping of key executives. Any of these threats can create … [Read more...]

U.S. Companies More Likely Than Russians to Engage in Industrial Espionage? LOL

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Spying continues to dominate the news.  Just today Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff cancelled a trip to meet with President Obama over revelations that the U.S. actively spied on Brazil. Up until recently, the prevailing view was that companies located in China and Russia had the most active industrial espionage programs. That’s all changed after the Snowden … [Read more...]