Customs and international trade law is a complex field of statutes and regulations that is frequently changing. Companies that import and export merchandise, services and technologies must be familiar with the regulations and restrictions that impact their international sales, purchases and other business transactions to guard against violations of the law and regulations, and reduce civil and criminal penalty risks. Our attorneys have experience assisting U.S. and non-U.S. emerging, middle market and publicly traded companies on matters of customs and international trade law. We frequently receive referrals and work with outside corporate counsel, licensed customs brokers, freight forwarders, public accountants and international trade consultants that trust us to handle important customs and international trade legal issues for their clients.
When U.S. and non-U.S. companies import merchandise into the U.S., all parties involved in the import transaction are required to use “reasonable care” under the Customs Modernization Act, including consulting with attorneys and other advisors, when warranted. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and several other federal agencies that enforce U.S. laws governing imported goods have increased investigation and enforcement efforts for antidumping and countervailing duty evasion. They also are assessing significant civil and criminal penalties against companies and individuals that violate U.S. import laws and regulations, such as the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA), and the Enforce and Protect Act, as part of the TFTEA. We have the experience to assist U.S. and non-U.S. companies on a broad range of customs matters, including representation before CBP, the U.S. Department of Commerce and other federal government agencies.
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