Working for NCW Florida Exporters

The Central-North Florida District Export Council provides leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts. We represent the interests of the U.S. exporting community and provide business counseling on the export process, trade education through seminars and community outreach to encourage firms in our service area to export.

We invite you to browse through our site, attend our events, and use us as a resource to grow your exports.

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CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN

Generic Certificate of Origin (CO sample

The Certificate of Origin (CO) is required by some countries for all or only certain products. In many cases, a statement of origin printed on company letterhead will suffice. The exporter should verify whether a CO is required with the buyer and/or an experienced shipper/freight forwarder or the Trade Information Center.
Note: Some countries (i.e., numerous Middle Eastern countries) require that certificate of origin be notarized, certified by local chamber of commerce and legalized by the commercial section of the consulate of the destination country. For certain Middle Eastern countries, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce may also provide such services.
For textile products, an importing country may require a certificate of origin issued by the manufacturer. The number of required copies and language may vary from country to country.

Certificate of Origin for claiming benefits under Free Trade Agreements

Special certificates may be required for countries with which the United States has free trade agreements (FTAs).Watch our FTA webinar for more information. Some certificate of origin including those required by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the FTAs with Israel and Jordan, are prepared by the exporter. Others including those required by the FTAs with Australia; the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) countries; Chile; and Morocco; are the importer’s responsibility). Click on a specific country below to learn details on how to document origin.

Certificate of Origin for goods not manufactured in the United States

Certificates of origin for goods not manufactured in the United States can be obtained from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce uses EZCertOrigin™, a service provided by ICS Consulting, LLC, to process all requests submitted for certificates of origin (both U.S. and non-U.S.). Exporters can visit EZCertOrigin or call 1-888-885-6650 to obtain the forms required by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and detailed instructions on how to fill out the forms. The fee for each certificate is $40.00 for U.S. Chamber members. The fee for each certificate is $150.00 for non-U.S. Chamber of Commerce members. It costs $5.00 per copy for certified copies of certificates.
USCIB is now issuing electronic Certificates of Origin (eCOs). USCIB’s eCOs save time and money, bypassing the delay and expense of employing messengers to obtain certification.  After a few simple steps, and certification by USICB, eCOS can be printed from any computer. We are a trusted name in the United States, and well known among customs administrations around the world. USCIB has over four decades’ experience in export documentation.

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The Central-North Florida District Export Council provides leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts.

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Robert Peek Jacksonville, Port Authority (JAXPORT) is the Director of Marketing & General Manager of Business Development for the Jacksonville Port Authority, one of the nation’s busiest seaports.

He provides strategic guidance and leadership for the port’s marketing and sales department, oversees market research and data analysis, and assists shippers of all sizes with their supply chain and exporting needs.

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Felicia Leborgne Nowels, J.D., B.A. Attorney and Partner of Akerman LLP. Board Certified in International law, Felicia focuses her practice on international trade and customs law.

Felicia assists domestic and foreign companies with cross border movement of goods and services.

Whether drafting international distribution or trade agreements, consulting or litigating on customs procedures or trade benefits, Felicia’s goal is to bring efficient business solutions to her clients’ global issues.

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Laura Wellington Evans, Global Account Manager for XPO Logistics.

Laurel is responsible for business development with the Global Forwarding Division at XPO. She assists companies of all sizes with their supply chain, exporting and importing logistics needs Worldwide including customs clearance, warehousing/distribution services and documentation compliance.

She is a member of the Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade (TBOWIT) and The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

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Francia Ryan, Contracts, Regulations, Estimating and Forecasting, Shaw Development.

Francia holds a BS in Business Management and is a proud third generation family business owner.

Francia started her career at the family’s aeronautical company, Shaw Aero Devices.

She began in Customer Service with a focus on After Market Sales.

From there she moved to Manufacturing Planning and then to Contracts, which included working directly with the FAA.

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Charles A. Alvarado is the Director of International Sales for AMALIE Oil Company, the largest independent oil manufacturer in North America.

He has a BA in Business Administration with a mayor in Management from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and is a fully bi-lingual (English & Spanish), Certified Marketing Executive (CME® – Syracuse University), from the Sales & Marketing Executives International Association.

He handles multiple continents and oversees more than 150 countries in the sales and distribution of various high-quality motor oils brands and industrial lubricants.

After a successful twenty-year career as Marketing & Public Relations Director in an OEM auto manufacturer and distributor, Mr. Alvarado decided to switch careers and move into the “recycling” world, were he became for more than 7 years, General Manager of a hydro-processing used motor oil re-refinery, on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico.

During that time, Mr. Alvarado graduated and is a licensed Certified ISO Lead Auditor in the following categories; ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and OSHAS 18001 Occupational Safety & Health Administration Systems Management.

That opportunity opened a new world for him and his new found countries, and he has been able to successfully maintain continuous export business ties with many commercial partners, especially in the Middle East.  He has traveled extensively within, Europe, Middle East, Western Asia, Africa and India, among many other countries worldwide.

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Katie Arroyo, CGBP International Trade Specialist with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at University of North Florida consults qualified Florida small business exporters to strategically pursue international markets as a growth tactic.

Arroyo researches global trade flows, industry trends, and international tariff, compliance factors to connect clients with foreign markets where they are most likely to succeed.

She frequently collaborates with U.S. Commercial Service and Enterprise Florida colleagues to deliver international training.

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Carlton Smith, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida.

In 2014, HERO FL was recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Exporter of the Year.

Carlton is the Co-Founder and CEO of Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida (HERO FL), a Jacksonville based company and leading source in the construction and mining industry.

HERO FL has made international impact while specializing in the export of heavy machinery and components to mining companies throughout the world.

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Kenneth R. Mouradian, Director of the Orlando U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Services, Department of Commerce.

The Commercial Service’s mandate is the promotion of U.S. origin commodities, services and technologies in foreign markets; the defense of U.S. commercial interests abroad; and, the attraction of in-bound Foreign Direct Investment.

Kenneth is an ex officio member and Executive Secretary of the Northern and Central – West Florida District Export Council.

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Jerry Ross, President of the National Entrepreneur Center.

Jerry speaks for conventions and corporate events nationwide. He is a nationally-recognized commentator and author on small business, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

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Olga Haberland, born in Pereira, Colombia, graduated from Universidad Libre where she earned a degree in Economics.

For 5 years she worked at her family’s company, Interamericana, one of the few in the country to import technology equipment for the Energy Industry, sourcing and managing International Suppliers and Public and private National tenders.

In one of her business trips to a Medical device Show, she met her husband and business partner, Gary.

Following her move to United States and becoming a U.S. Citizen in 2009, she now resides in Winter Park, Florida and is a proud mother of two wonderful children.

Professionally, she is an owner of GENICON, a medical device company, a multi-national firm with it¹s main offices also within Winter Park, Florida, where she led and developed the Company’s initiatives to develop its exports into more than 60+ markets around the world.

Additionally, she is the Director of the Company’s Marketing Department, leading the efforts on Corporate Image, Branding as well as insights into Product Development.

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Laura A. Plotner (Olivieri), CPA. Tax Managing Director, CBIZ MHM, LLC.

Laura received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting Degree from Pace University in New York City and a Masters of Science in Taxation Degree from the University of Central Florida.

Laura has over 20 years of experience in both public and private accounting. Her experience in public accounting started at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York.

Laura has been providing tax compliance and consulting services on a full  range of tax issues. In addition to traditional tax engagements, her experience includes specific experience in multi-state issues, international tax services and working with public/SEC clients.

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Ralph Kluesner, International Sales Manager for Electric Supply Inc. Ralph is responsible for export sales and marketing for the Tampa-based company.

Ralph has expanded his territory throughout the Caribbean, Central and South Americas and reaching as far as Guam, Denmark and Indonesia.

Ralph has established long term contracts with many of the utility companies he services.

Electric Supply Inc has been honored in the past with the Governor’s Export Excellence Award.

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María Clara Yepes is a Global Procurement – Market Intelligence Analyst at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she is responsible for providing strategic market intelligence support to the commercial procurement team across the world.

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Dr.  Ozkan  Erdem  is the Vice Chair at the National Association of District Export Councils, representing Southern Network DECs.

He has extensive  experience  in export control, customs and international trade issues with a strong background in electronics, computer, software, information security, industry automation, material processing, mobility/transportation, defense technologies and manufacturing industries for almost 20 years.

His primary focus areas are U.S. EAR, ITAR, OFAC and NRC controls, end-use and end-user screening, export classifications, compliance program development, encryption items, compliance audits, training, global technology transfers and export documentation.

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Scott Hyde, Senior Global Logistics Manager for Rayonier Advanced Materials, has been in the Logistics industry for the past 30 years.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Albany State College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, and has been a featured panelist at the Georgia Logistics Summit.

Scott has been leading his organization’s logistics department for the past four years.

Rayonier Advanced Material was the 35th highest exporter of containers from the US.

Scott is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain from the time the containers are loaded until the containers are delivered to the final port or the customer’s door.

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Olga M. Pina is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Shutts & Bowen LLP. Ms. Pina practices in the areas of corporate, securities, international business transactions and export compliance, including compliance with U.S. Treasury regulations relating to embargoed countries, particularly Cuba.

She has extensive experience in corporate transactions, including cross-border issues in Central and South America. She is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Pina received her B.A. from Holy Cross College and her J.D. from The Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. Pina is fluent in Spanish.

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Patrick Sweeney, Southeast Regional Manager Meridian Finance Group, a leading provider of export credit insurance, political risk insurance and trade finance.

Patrick has held sales and analytical roles in the insurance and finance sectors for over 25 years, with his two previous positions held with Willis Towers Watson and Coface North America.

“Its not a sale until you get paid.”

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Expert Consultant on Business and Foreign Trade, Custom’s Officer and Electronic/Telecommunication Engineer. A versatile, action- oriented multilingual (six languages ) executive with over 40 years of increasingly responsible positions in all phases of Management, Business Development, Consulting and Project Engineering.

Technically oriented to the state-of-the-art computers/information systems. Qualified in marketing and budgeting, with an MBA in Administration.

As a former Brazilian Customs Expertise Officer (for 20 years), with all governmental security clearances, we specialize on International Trade on the following business areas : Agro-Business, Medical Equipments, Telecommunication, Mecatronics, Electro-Electronics, and Customs Laws, Classification and Products Valuations on the International Trade.

Marcos is a former Legal Expert Witness for the Court on the S. Paulo Court of Law (08 Years).

He has extensive knowledge of the Brazilian marketplace, with a large network among the governmental officers and agencies, commercial and technical companies and manufacturers, customs related professionals, legal offices, and other.

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As Director of International Sales, Compton oversees the Sales and Marketing functions for the International Department at Mercury Medical.

While directing this effort, Compton is personally responsible for overall coordination, functional management and leadership of global sales initiatives which currently covers 78 countries.

Ivette received her Undergraduate degree in International Business from The University of South Alabama and her M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology.

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Karen Arnon Executive Vice President at Hernon Mfg. Inc., a manufacturer of high performance adhesives, sealants and digital processing equipment for aerospace, automotive, defense, ammunition and electronics industries to name a few.

In 2015 Hernon received The President’s E Award, Seminole County Industry Recognition Honoree and the Sanford Industry Recognition among others.

Born in New York and raised in San Francisco; a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Karen’s career has always involved import/export with just the goods themselves changing.

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Robert E. Salonen is Director, Global Business Development for the Florida Institute of Technology connecting the talent and technology development capabilities of the university to community and corporate interests worldwide.

Rob consults with companies, organizations and government to foster partnerships with the principal offices of Florida Tech, develop programs to support advanced industry and facilitate co-location in the central Florida region.

Rob is serving on the Florida Tech leadership teams for University Corporate Alliance for Success (UCAS), the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Innovative Design (CAMID) and the Florida Tech Research Park.

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With community support, Elizabeth has managed the Central Florida International Trade Office (CFITO) since opening in 2014.

The office hosts inbound trade delegations and dignitaries, conducts educational seminars with community partners, and connects inquiries to the appropriate regional trade organization in Central Florida.

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Nancy Simmons, President and owner of Aero Industries Inc. in Orlando, FL.

Aero Industries is a specialty Metals and Parts company, who sells to our government and overseas. This company has been in existence since 1979.

She has lived many places in the world, including Hong Kong ; Johannesburg, S.A; Cologne, Germany, Montreal, Canada and Toronto, Canada.

She speaks English, French and German. She went to University in Canada and has a teaching degree.

In 2011, she opened a Trading Division, where they sell Oil, Fuel and other commodities around the world.

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Marisol Casablanca McDonald, Sales Manager, IT Solutions at Corserva. Marisol has more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience leading high technology start-ups.

Top-tier strategic Sales and Business Development Executive, Marisol is very involved with her community and is a member of Northern & Central-West Florida District Export Council, Advisory Board Council Member UCF,  member of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Vice President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, she also serves at the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Regional Council Board.

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Michael A. Schiffhauer, a native Floridian from Miami, is Vice President, International Trade & Field Operations with Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI).

Michael manages six regional field offices, the targeted industry sectors (i.e. Aviation/Aerospace & Defense, ICT-Computer, LS-Medical, Clean Technologies and the Marine industries) trade promotion and is the contact liaison for trade development with Europe.

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Dr. Tongila Manly’s experience includes 34 years in Consulting, Marketing, Sales, Trade Promotion, Advertising and Quality Management in the United States with 15 of those years in South Africa. Focused on international marketing, trade development, organizational change, communications, and strategic planning, she consults in various industries and with governments and public agencies.

Formerly, as the Managing Director of Enterprise Florida’s Southern Africa Office Tongila provided export market access for Florida companies. Seeing a business need for American small and medium enterprises, Tongila developed a business facility in Johannesburg, South Africa that provided shared space and tenant offices as a landing space for US businesses.

Currently, as a co-owner of TMG Solutions USA, and formerly CEO of TMG Solutions PTY Ltd, a South African company, this expertise in international business development and export marketing has been applied to assist several American companies and businesses looking to establish trade in American markets.

Tongila has a doctorate in international business. Her doctoral study focused on US business international expansion through trade missions.

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Justine Assal, MBE is a Florida based entrepreneur & President of Orb International & About Global Marketing.

Specializing in International PR and marketing consultancy, exhibitions & events, multilingual media sites and publications in the UK, Netherlands, Dubai, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico.

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Over the last 25 years, Mr. Lopez has distinguished himself as a top performing sales executive, trainer of sales teams, leader of sales operations, general manager of national companies all while becoming a noted authority in the field of WI-FI and VOIP.

The combination of leadership, technical background with corporate management and true sales experience allow him the combination of vision and experience to lead the company.

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Shannon Feeley has been with the Canaveral Port Authority since 2003.

In her role in Cargo Business Development, she actively works with cargo industries to attract new investments to the port, ensure retention of existing business, and to counsel and educate the Central Florida community on all aspects of trade.

She also manages Port Canaveral’s Foreign Trade Zone 136, which encompasses all of Brevard County.

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Carmenza U. Gonzalez, President of CZA Inc. a Global Business Development consulting firm founded in 2011.

Carmenza has over twenty five years of international business development experience and is passionate in promoting the state of Florida and Central Florida as an optimal business destination.

Prior launching CZA Inc., Carmenza worked for the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) for ten years as Vice President of International Business Development where she was responsible for the International Trade initiatives for the region and for attracting foreign direct investment.

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Margy Lang is the founder and president of Sportive Marketing, Inc., a Florida-based marketing, sponsorship, and event planning firm.

Margy has managed and promoted a variety of international sports competitions, exhibitions, and camps. She is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and author.

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