Overview

From multinational corporations with complex supply chains and global investments to small businesses looking to grow and manage operations on an international scale, we provide clients with experienced regulatory, policy and compliance counsel needed to navigate the evolving international trade landscape and pursue opportunities in the global marketplace with confidence. With professionals who are authorities in import compliance, export controls, trade sanctions, national security, trade remedies and international trade policy, we provide effective, cost-conscious legal advice on a wide variety of regulatory, policy and compliance matters to help you develop strategies that grow your investments and enhance your success by minimizing duties, maximizing compliance, and working toward an uninterrupted supply chain and seamless cross-border transactions. Additionally, when litigation proves advantageous or unavoidable, our experienced litigators stand ready to pursue the strategy needed for success. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures you have all you need to thrive on an international scale.

Import Compliance: We represent companies before United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on all aspects of import compliance to maximize duty savings and to support compliance with the U.S. import laws, including formal agency audits and inquires, voluntary disclosures, enforcement and penalty proceedings, and ruling requests. We help clients resolve tariff classification challenges, duty liability, import valuation issues, country of origin and marking questions, and qualification and compliance with duty preference programs and free trade agreements.

Export Controls and OFAC Sanctions: We represent clients before the U.S. Departments of State (Directorate of Defense Trade Controls), Commerce (Bureau of Industry and Security) and Treasury (Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)) on compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions laws. Our work includes civil and criminal investigations, voluntary disclosures, classification rulings, license applications and other export approvals. We are also actively engaged with key U.S. policymakers in shaping policies and regulations that have a broad industry impact, such as new controls on “emerging technologies” like artificial intelligence, quantum computing and additive manufacturing.

Trade Remedies: Trade remedies are trade policy tools that allow governments to take remedial action against imports that are injuring U.S. industries. We represent (1) U.S. companies that bring these actions with the goal of eliminating or reducing unfairly traded imports; (2) foreign producers accused of these unfair trade practices so that they can maintain access to the U.S. market; and (3) U.S. importers in eliminating or reducing any liability associated with these duties. We represent companies before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Trade Policy: We partner with clients to develop, manage and mitigate the impacts of various trade policies, such as the recent Trump administration trade initiatives. Recently, the team has helped companies reduce the harmful impact of Section 232 duties for steel and aluminum, such as by obtaining duty exemptions. Similarly, the team works closely with clients to seek exemptions from Section 301 tariffs on certain Chinese-originated goods and to implement effective mitigation strategies related to tariff classification, country of origin and valuation. The team also advises clients on effective engagement with policymakers on trade agreements and duty preference programs.

CFIUS and National Security: We advise foreign investors and U.S. businesses on successfully navigating the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) national security review and clearance process. In connection with this work, we develop and implement mitigation plans and advise on other steps to alleviate national security concerns that may be raised by the CFIUS committee and staff.

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