Grace Kim is a former US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official and served as International Trade Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Finance. Her practice focuses on customs and import compliance, such as country of origin for marking and Section 232 & 301 purposes, classification, valuation, penalties, and supply chain integrity, including forced labor issues (Section 1307). Ms. Kim leverages her experience from the executive and legislative branches to advise clients on legal and policy aspects of customs in international trade matters, including trade agreements and trade negotiations.

During her time with CBP, she advised and trained CBP officers and specialists, foreign governments and industry associations on a variety of customs issues. Ms. Kim also served as the subject matter expert on textile rules of origin to US government agencies during free trade agreement negotiations, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kim was selected as the CBP detailee to the US Senate, where she advised the Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Finance on all customs matters, including the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ms. Kim was also responsible for congressional oversight over CBP enforcement of various regulations and programs, and regularly met with industry stakeholders to ensure congressional mandates were properly administered.

Ms. Kim has lived in Gwangyang and Seoul, South Korea and is fluent in Korean.

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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Brooklyn Law School, 2012
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • California
  • United States Court of International Trade
Government & Military Service
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • US Senate Committee on Finance
Activities
  • Superior Performance Award, US Customs and Border Protection
  • Member, Women in International Trade
  • Member, Customs Lawyers Association
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association-DC
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