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Customs & Import Compliance

Our Customs & Import Compliance team has deep experience advising clients on the full spectrum of import-related issues, including regulatory and compliance matters before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), trade remedy proceedings, and civil and criminal enforcement actions. We cover all customs issues, including tariff classification, valuation, marking, and duty preferences under free trade agreements and unilateral US programs. The team handles complex and rapidly evolving country-of-origin issues arising in the context of free trade agreements and US government procurement. We assist clients in preparing internal customs compliance procedures. The team also has considerable expertise related to import detentions, seizures and other enforcement and compliance issues arising from asserted violations of laws administered by other federal agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the US Department of Energy (DOE).

  • Focus on Complex Issues: Clients rely on us to handle their most complex and high-stakes customs issues, ranging from compliance audits to civil and criminal enforcement proceedings.

  • Multidisciplinary Expertise: We leverage the wealth of the firm's thought leadership in regulatory matters implicating global supply chains, and routinely work across practice groups to handle import compliance matters involving multiple regulatory agencies.

  • Trusted Partner in Compliance Matters: Our Customs & Import Compliance team has a proven track record of working with clients to develop effective import compliance programs, with a particular focus on customs compliance for companies subject to AD/CVD orders.

Experience Highlights

  • Major pharmaceutical companies in navigating complex customs rules of origin and labeling requirements at the intersection of customs and FDA compliance.
  • Multiple importers in sensitive, high-stakes, customs-related civil penalty and criminal investigations.
  • Manufacturer of large capital equipment in customs matters at the intersection of trade remedy litigation and customs compliance.
  • Brick-and-mortar consumer goods companies and eCommerce retailers in strategic advice for optimizing supply chains in light of evolving trade environment.
  • Steel producers with respect to the CBP's and US Department of Commerce's joint administration of Section 232 national security tariffs and quotas, and exclusions from those measures.
  • Multiple clients with global supply chains on strategic temporary import bonds, and use of bonded warehouses and foreign trade zones for servicing global demand.
  • Major US tobacco producer in customs classification trial before the US Court of International Trade.
  • Global bearings producer in litigation before the CIT implicating the intersection of US Department of Commerce's administration of AD/CVD law and CBP's assessment of duties at the port.
  • Broad range of companies in preparing ruling requests, prior disclosures, responses to requests for information and notices of proposed action, and protests.
  • Canadian exporter with more than $1 billion in annual exports in concluding successful NAFTA audit.