U.S. Customs and Imports​

We have extensive experience advising U.S. importers in the following customs matters:

  • Obtaining binding tariff classification and valuation rulings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

  • Preparing and submitting prior disclosures to CBP.

  • Preparing and submitting customs protests to CBP.

  • Representing companies in NAFTA verifications conducted by CBP, Canada and Mexico.

  • Representing clients in Focused Assessments (compliance audits) conducted by CBP.

  • Preparing and submitting petitions to obtain the release of goods seized by CBP.

  • Defending civil penalty or liquidated damages proceedings commenced by CBP.

  • Advising companies on compliance with country-of-origin marking requirements imposed and enforced by CBP and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, including "Made in USA" claims.​

  • Counseling companies on supply chain security programs, including the  Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

  • Advising importers on how to structure their transactions to make the most of special duty programs, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

  • Establishing internal compliance programs (import management systems) and presenting trade compliance seminars for U.S. importers.

  • Performing audits and reviews of import programs to detect and correct potential customs law violations and to identify duty savings opportunities.