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Customs Laws and Import Compliance

Our attorneys advise clients on many different matters regarding the importation of goods into the United States and the impact of U.S. Customs regulations on corporate opera­tions and global supply chain activities.  We regularly assist clients on the proper tariff classification (under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States or HTS), valuation, origination (country of origin), and marking of imported merchandise.  Our practice in this area also includes counseling clients on the availability, requirements, and benefits of preferential trade programs, such as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), and the free trade agreements with Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain, Oman, Chile, Peru, Australia, and Singapore.

We assist our clients in designing and implementing compliance and assessment programs administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  We conduct customs audits and related internal investigations, and we also represent clients involved in penalty proceedings, liquidated damage claims, seizure and forfeiture proceedings, and administrative protests.  In addition, we advise clients on matters relating to the establishment and regulation of foreign trade zones (FTZ), temporary importations under bond (TIB), and bonded warehouse operations.

Our firm’s representative work in this area includes the following matters: