Our Customs/Import Compliance practice is led by partners with experience in advising clients on the full range of import-related issues including customs regulatory and compliance issues, trade remedy proceedings (including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, and US International Trade Commission (ITC) proceedings), and enforcement actions. The practice covers all customs regulatory issues, including advising clients on tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking, duty free sales, and duty preferences under all free trade agreements and unilateral US programs, including GSP. We also assist clients in preparing internal customs compliance procedures. The team has handled scores of CBP ruling requests, prior disclosures, responses to requests for information and notices of proposed action, protests, Customs focused assessments and regulatory audits, NAFTA audits, ITC questionnaires, mitigation petitions, penalty proceedings, and customs-related litigation before the US Court of International Trade. We also advise on country of origin issues arising in the context of US Government procurement under the Trade Agreements Act.
Due to the breadth and strength of the firm's practice in other regulatory fields that may result in inspection or detention of goods at the border, including consumer product safety, environmental, food and drug, the firm also has developed considerable expertise in working with CBP on import detentions and seizures that result from asserted violations of laws administered by other regulatory agencies.