The Customs and International Trade Law Group assists individuals and companies located in the United States and around the world with understanding and complying with the complex Federal regulations affecting international trade. Our practice focuses on U.S. Customs law, FDA law, Homeland Security, import regulations and export compliance.
We are aggressive advocates, strategists, and partners with our clients, which include domestic and foreign manufacturers, importers, exporters, trading companies, customs brokers, and freight forwarders. We work all over the country, assisting our clients with investigations, audits, detentions, seizures, and penalties by U.S. Government agencies, especially by:
- U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
- Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
Because this area of the law is unique and heavily regulated, we use a broad range of lawyers and other professionals to represent you. Our commitment to this area of law is demonstrated by the fact that Peter Quinter, the head of our Customs and International Trade Law Group, currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Bar Customs Committee, the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Customs Law Committee, and the Chair of the American Bar Association's International Transportation Committee.
In addition to knowing federal customs and trade regulations, we make it our business to know the administrators and government personnel who enforce those laws. To serve you as a Customs and International Trade client, we maintain strong working relationships with various federal agencies across the U.S.
Our Customs and International Trade Law Group has the collective experience and resources to counsel you in legal issues as diverse as the valuation, tariff classification, and proper identification of country of origin of imported merchandise, the preparation of binding ruling requests, protests, and other communication with U.S. Customs, the drafting of prior disclosures, and the negotiation and resolution of penalties, liquidated damages, and other enforcement actions taken by U.S. Customs.