We have a broad national practice and work with trade and audit specialists to provide effective, cost-conscious legal advice on regulatory, trade remedy, trade policy, and corporate compliance matters. Our team prides itself on helping clients develop strategies that ensure their success by minimizing duties, maximizing compliance, and working toward an uninterrupted supply chain.
We have counseled clients across a broad range of products and industries, including in the consumer products, retail, aerospace and automotive, electronics, heavy machinery, metals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, health care, food and agriculture, and textiles industries. Our clients are geographically dispersed throughout the U.S., East Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America and Mexico.
Our team includes an experienced group of attorneys, trade specialists, and auditors, many of whom have spent years working in private sector and government positions. While we serve a wide range of client needs, our practice has an emphasis in the areas of global trade compliance and supply chain management, import and export compliance, trade remedies and trade litigation. We represent companies in disputes before U.S. agencies tasked with regulating import and export compliance, the World Trade Organization and other multinational bodies and in matters involving international agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.
We believe it’s critical to understand our clients’ industries and monitor worldwide developments to better advise them on trade policies that can impact their businesses. We are affiliated with the World Law Group, a network of 50 leading independent firms with more than 260 offices in major commercial centers worldwide. Through this relationship, our clients can access the local knowledge and legal experience of more than 11,000 lawyers wherever their business needs are globally.
Import Counseling and Compliance
Our lawyers, auditors and trade specialists have experience with the broad range of import compliance issues related to tariff classification, duty preference qualification, valuation, origin determinations and marking, duty drawback, Foreign Trade Zones and recordkeeping. We routinely represent companies before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Focused Assessment audits and other CBP audit and verification proceedings, prior disclosures and verifications, enforcement proceedings, requests for binding rulings and internal advice, and other import compliance matters. We frequently partner with clients on duty savings opportunities, including assistance with tariff classification reviews and “first sale” valuation opportunities. Our team also has strong experience helping companies craft language within distribution and supply agreements, buying agency contracts and licensing and royalty agreements in order to identify and avoid potential minefields associated with the valuation of imported merchandise or qualification for duty preferences.
We counsel clients on creating effective internal controls that integrate import compliance procedures within a company’s business practices and have also advised clients on CBP’s new self-assessment compliance initiative and the Importer Self-Assessment program. We also work with clients to discover and comply with business opportunities created by existing and newly enacted trade agreements and duty preference programs, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, Generalized System of Preferences and other bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.
Export Counseling and Compliance
Our team works with clients to identify the areas of a business that are involved in exports not only of physical goods or products, but also those that provide technical data, software and services internationally as well as to foreign persons in the U.S. Our goal is to minimize risks and ease the burden of compliance through streamlining a business’ existing internal procedures, rather than creating another layer of requirements.
We regularly represent clients before the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Treasury to obtain commodity jurisdictions, classification rulings, licenses and other export approvals. Our team also works with clients to assess potential violations, file voluntary disclosures to regulating agencies as necessary, establish compliance programs and internal controls, and work to cancel or minimize any potential fines and penalties.
Trade Remedies and Litigation
We help clients minimize the risks and consequences that can arise in the event of import surges, antidumping/countervailing duties, merchandise exclusion orders and other restrictive trade measures.
Our lawyers advocate client interests in the trade remedies arena before agencies such as the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. We have successfully represented clients in antidumping matters, scope determinations, intellectual property protection actions (Section 337 proceedings), short-supply petitions and other administrative proceedings.