Communication with Customs and Other Government Agencies

We represent our clients and communicate with US Customs in order to assure its fullest cooperation.

We also deal with customs-related U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) affairs, etc.
For example, when food and toys imported to the US violate the rules of the FDA or CPSC, and the US Customs imposed penalty, our attorneys can negotiate with the FDA or CPSC. We may convince the US Customs to mitigate penalties and fines. Our attorneys can also talk to the FDA Headquarters to request a cessation of the Automatic Detentions imposed on imported products. We assist companies to negotiate detentions and confiscations arising from sanctions and embargoes. We also deal with customs anti-money laundering matters.

International Trade Litigations and Administrative Proceedings

Our attorneys litigate in the U.S. Court of International Trade and other courts, and represent clients in administrative proceedings.

Given the fast-paced and politically charged nature of customs and international trade disputes, the government inevitably makes mistakes. Our trade lawyers are experts at resolving these issues administratively. When litigation is the only way to protect our clients, our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the underlying regulatory regimes and issues. Years of experience before the courts in this area qualifies them.

A particular strength of our practice is litigation in the U.S. Court of International Trade. From disputes under the Customs laws to challenges of antidumping determinations issued by the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission, our lawyers have secured victories in courts for our clients on a variety of trade issues. Our lawyers are admitted to practice in the following Courts:

  • United States Court of Appeals
  • United States Federal District Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Immigration Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • New York State Court of Appeals
  • New York Supreme Court (Civil & Criminal Terms)
  • United States Court of International Trade

Duty Rates and Duty Drawback

We secure the most favorable duty rates and duty drawback for our clients, mainly resorting to the following:

  1. Classification and Valuation: Proper Customs classification and valuation planning can result in substantial duty savings and avoidance of civil and criminal penalties. Our attorneys assist clients in determining the optimal method for valuing imported merchandise in specific transactions.
  2. Tariff Reduction and Elimination Programs: Companies seeking to eliminate, reduce, or defer Customs duties rely on our advice on NAFTA and other tariff preference programs, the duty drawback regime, temporary importation bonds, bonded warehouses, and foreign-trade zones. Airlines rely on our knowledge of the unique Customs requirements and procedures that apply to passenger and cargo operations.

We are well aware of the significance of saving duty expenses and looking after the tariff interests of our clients in accomplishing their commercial objectives. We help clients to achieve maximum business benefits.

Customs Investigations and Audits

We represent companies during Customs Service audits, conduct internal investigations and compliance audits, and design and implement compliance programs.

The purpose of helping importers establish compliance programs is to maintain favorable compliance records for the importers. Consequently, this maximizes the avoidance of interventions by the government, e.g. rejection, detention or seizure of imported products, civil or criminal investigation, etc. It also mitigates their economic loss, if any.

We help clients meet new compliance obligations imposed by the Customs Modernization Act. Our Customs lawyers conduct diagnostic reviews of clients’ importing operations and design and implement customized import compliance procedures, which enables companies to:

  1. provide complete and accurate value, classification and origin information to Customs on entry;
  2. manage the activities of their customs brokers and other agents involved in importing;
  3. manage their relationships with US Customs and other regulatory agencies overseeing their imports;
  4. identify opportunities for duty savings by means of tariff preferences, duty drawback and other programs.

Consultation for Import and Export

We provide comprehensive legal advice to foreign clients entering the US market, helping these companies optimize import/export sales structures, legally mitigate duty burdens, establish internal mechanism in compliance with all customs laws, and minimize the legal risks of their products entering the US. We advise them on all matters in connection with their import/export activities, including quota issues, tariff- and non-tariff-based trade barriers, rules of origin, customs classifications and valuations, food and product safety, tariff preference programs, etc.

We also have expert experience in the following field:

Country of Origin Marking – We assist importers in untangling the web of origin rules and marking requirements to ensure that every imported product is properly marked and labeled.

Export Controls – The US Departments of Commerce and State regulate the export of commercial and military commodities, technology, software and certain services from the United States to foreign countries. Additionally, these agencies regulate the re-export of US-origin items from one foreign country to another. We assist exporters in navigating the complex regulatory framework that governs these matters.

Trademark and Copyright

The protection of intellectual property rights plays a particularly important role in modern international trade. Our office offers the full array of intellectual property legal services, including trademarks, unfair competitions, copyrights, and trade secrets, in a variety of fields.

In this information-technology age, it is no longer enough to procure intellectual property rights. To be successful, companies must be vigilant in procuring, maintaining, and enforcing those rights. We assist our clients in those efforts.

We assist clients to negotiate with copyright or trademark holders when necessary, in order to gain legal authorization for products of foreign exporters before they enter the US, avoiding confiscations, detentions, or penalties owing to violations of customs-related intellectual property laws.

Incorporating and Corporation Listing

We assist enterprises from all over the world to establish subsidiaries in the US, operate businesses, and list companies.

We offer a full range of specialist corporate legal services for all types of corporate entities. Our clients are public companies and multi-nationals, investment banks, SMEs and start-ups. Our corporate lawyers carefully guide clients through the legal issues that affect not only their ability to obtain financing, but also to maintain their operations in today's highly competitive, fast pace business environment.

Our international footprint allows us to offer comprehensive corporate legal advice throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. In addition to advising on general company laws, we are transactions experts, specializing in M & A (especially with cross-border situations), public takeovers, IPOs and other public securities offerings, private equity and venture capital and joint ventures.

Our team of specialists possesses the right combination of skills, experience and international understanding to help clients identify and manage key commercial and legal risks. We possess a complete knowledge of the subtle differences between local approaches, laws and customs. This integrated approach solves the transaction management problems that are commonly faced by our clients.

Commercial Paper and Visas & Immigration

We exercise our best efforts to assist and facilitate cross-border commercial activities and transfers of personnel.

In international trade, letters of credit (also known as documentary credit) and other commercial instruments are commonly used. These documents lessen trading risks and facilitate financing. Our lawyers prepare all types of commercial instruments, including letters of credit and documents for collection.

It is common that multinational companies and corporations planning to establish subsidiaries in the US, need to send staffs abroad and to employ professionals of diverse nationalities. Thus, it becomes vital to properly resolve visa and immigration issues in advance, in order to ensure successful operations and developments. International Law Office P.C. possesses extensive experience with US/Canada visas and immigration services. We furnish optimal plans to our clients to facilitate transfers of their employees, saving time and cost for our clients.

Due to our successful long-term experience, we are able to customize legal plans for our clients worldwide, meeting their unique needs and further safeguarding their business success.

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