International Business

Customs: International Trade

Cohen & Grigsby’s Customs Group offers far-reaching expertise to help our clients manage their import business. We provide representation and advice on the full range of customs and civil and criminal investigatory matters. In addition, our Group includes a staff customs consultant to assist clients with unusual or emerging needs – a value-added resource that is characteristic of our Culture of Performance.

Our attorneys regularly represent clients in the following areas:

Customs Compliance

  • Review import procedures and develop a comprehensive customs import compliance manual and an internal compliance program tailored to clients’ specific importing requirements
  • Assist clients in structuring tariff classifications, valuation and import activities to minimize duties while maintaining compliance with Customs (“CBP”-U.S. Customs and Border Protection) laws
  • Prepare Customs binding ruling requests
  • Request and analyze ITRAC data (Importer Tracking
  • Report/FOIA-Freedom of Information Requests)
  • Recordkeeping
  • Focused Assessment Audit preparation
  • Resolution of import issues at CBP port of entry
  • Country of origin and other marking requirements
  • Customs Valuation
  • Harmonized Tariff Classifications
  • AES (Automated Export System) data review and compliance
  • Drawback
  • Bonded warehouses
  • Trademark and copyright matters
  • Advise on civil and criminal violations in all areas of Customs laws: commercial fraud (country of origin issues, ADD/CVD violations, counterfeiting, trademark and copyright infringements); export violations (Department of State and Department of Commerce license violations); smuggling and currency violations (import and export of undeclared currency)

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Trade Preferential Programs

  • NAFTA and all other FTA and Trade Preferential Program eligibility determinations
  • Recordkeeping
  • Audit verifications
  • Internal compliance reviews

Customs Inquiries

  • Request for Information (CBP-28) response and interpretation
  • Notice of Action (CBP-29)
  • Redelivery Notices and appropriate action
  • Custom Officers/Special Agent contacts

Customs Penalties and Seizures

  • Petition filing and representation in all phases of penalty, seizure and forfeiture proceedings
  • Liquidated Damages claims and representation

C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)

  • Assist in development of security supply chain profile specific to clients’ needs
  • Review security procedures and implement best practice recommendations
  • C-TPAT procedure manual
  • Assist in C-TPAT application completion
  • Verification preparation and internal reviews

Customs Prior Disclosures and Correcting Other Customs Irregularities

  • Prior Disclosure submissions
  • Protest submissions
  • Proactive liaison with Customs to prevent further Customs inquiries

Trade Remedies

  • Section 232 (steel/aluminum) & 301 (China) exclusion request petitions
  • Anti-Dumping Duty (ADD) counseling and determinations
  • Countervailing Duty (CVD) counseling and determinations
  • Trademark and Copyright counseling and recordation

International Contracts (Import and Export)

  • Inco-terms and contract negotiations
  • Advise clients on whether to export directly to foreign customers, use an intermediary sales representative or distributor, or establish a foreign branch, taking into account U.S. and foreign tax laws as well as applicable treaties
  • Counsel clients on their obligations under U.S. Export Control Regulations and Foreign Assets Control Regulations and assist clients in developing internal export compliance programs
  • Advise clients on specific programs, such as Overseas Private Investment Corporation financing and insurance, to stimulate U.S. exports