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Importing Tobacco Products

In this seminar, our experts will teach you the basics for getting started with tobacco imports, as well as best practices for avoiding criminal prosecution and monetary penalties. This is a unique opportunity to hear from the primary regulatory agency for tobacco products (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau), learn from the customs broker’s perspective, and understand the risks involved and why compliance is key.

Our Experts:

– Peter Quinter, Esq., Chair, US Customs and International Trade Law Group, GrayRobinson, P.A.
– Ralph De La Rosa, Licensed Customs Broker, President, Imperial Freight Brokers
– Maud Shaw, Excise Tax Auditor, TTB
– Amy Guess, Technical Advisor, TTB
– Marty Frierson, Audit Director, TTB

What We’ll Cover:

  • Who regulates tobacco products?
  • How do I get started if I want to import, or what does my client need?
  • Documents required for entry
  • Calculating duties and taxes
  • Bonds for tobacco products
  • Criminal Prosecution & Monetary Penalties
  • Refund of Taxes from TTB for Export of Destruction of Tobacco



Jun 08 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am




FCBF Webinar or Seminar


  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Peter Quinter
    Peter Quinter
    Chair, US Customs and Trade Law Group

    Shareholder and U.S. Customs and International Trade Law Group Chair Peter Quinter practices in the Miami, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale law firm offices of GrayRobinson. Peter principally represents individuals and companies involved in international trade and transportation, including litigation in the federal courts located in Florida and the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. Florida Bar Board Certified in international law, Peter was appointed by The Florida Bar to the International Law Certification Committee.

    Peter has received recognition for his experience and leadership by several reputable sources. Peter is recognized by Florida Trend in its “Florida 500: Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders” as well as among its “Legal Elite” in the area of international law. Peter has been ranked both globally and nationwide in Chambers USA for International Trade: Customs. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Peter to the Florida District Export Council because of his knowledge of and experience in international trade. Florida Super Lawyers magazine included him in the top 5 percent in Florida, and he was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of FDA law.

    Peter served as legal counsel at the Southeast Regional Headquarters of the U.S. Customs Service (now known as U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in Miami, Florida. Responsibilities included providing legal advice and representation to management of customs on all matters involving the administration and enforcement of the customs and international trade laws. He provided legal advice on virtually all U.S. Customs activities undertaken by its enforcement, commercial operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures, and regulatory audit personnel. Peter assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in civil and criminal prosecutions on various customs violations, including commercial fraud, trade embargoes, and export controls.

    Peter proudly serves on the FCBF Board of Directors.

  • Ralph De La Rosa
    Ralph De La Rosa
    President and CEO, Imperial Freight Brokers

    Ralph De La Rosa is the President and CEO of Imperial Freight Brokers, Inc. A licensed customs broker, Ralph serves on the Board of Directors of FCBF, chairs the FCBF Customs Committee, and is the lead instructor of Import Operations in the FCBF Trade Academy.

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