International Trade Law

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Companies seeking to expand their operations in today’s global markets encounter many opportunities. But they also face a great deal of risk and uncertainty, given the complex web of rules regulating international business activities and ever-changing political dynamics. Clark Hill’s International Trade team helps clients navigate this intricate business and regulatory environment.

Working with a network of local counsel around the world, we represent clients before all US federal and state courts and the international agencies that regulate and influence global commerce, including the federal agencies that oversee the importation and exportation of goods to and from the US.

Members of our team served at the Department of Commerce, overseeing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cases, and also include licensed customs brokers and in-house counsel for multinational corporations. We are respected within the international trade and customs community and serve in senior positions on the board of the US Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and as subject matter liaison to the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

We draw on decades of knowledge when representing companies from all major industry sectors, including agricultural and food products, rubber, steel, electronics, high tech, computers and software, cosmetics, medical devices, automotive, textiles and apparel, footwear, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, heavy industry and manufacturing, telecommunications, defense, and aviation and aerospace.

As certain international trade matters involve policy issues and collaboration with officials at the highest echelons of government, we offer proven skill working with and through the government. Our firm has represented US presidents and presidential candidates, senators, representatives, governors, state treasurers, and political candidates at all levels. Also, our attorneys have served in senior executive positions in the federal government, on national, state, and local political campaigns, in local and state elected offices, and as state legislative and congressional chiefs of staff, senior gubernatorial staff, and statewide elected officials.

We design and implement systems that reduce errors and enable clients to address potential problems efficiently and effectively, help them recognize opportunities for mitigating duties and taxes, or simply find better ways of doing things. We are fervently committed to providing world-class, economical counsel, timely and practical solutions tailored to client objectives in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, trade agreements, and the personal attention necessary to ensure long-lasting relationships. We are proud that 90 percent of our clients have relied on us for three years or more.


Represented a U.S. distributor of chemicals for criminal violations of the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
Represented a Chinese producer of citric acid in an investigation under the U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws
Represented an Iraqi architectural and construction firm in its negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers related to Iraqi reconstruction and development initiatives
Represent a U.S. durable goods producer / importer / exporter in a foreign criminal and parliamentary investigation of sales of goods to a foreign government-backed entity
Wall off” advice to a German corporation employing U.S. Persons abroad in its dealings with embargoed-nation customers
Represent a U.S. producer of household goods in the drafting, lobbying and enactment of federal legislation designed to obtain reduced-duty treatment
Represent a U.S. importer/retailer in claims for the refund of duties under the drawback law
Represent two European-based automobile importer / distributors in audits of customs duty liability
Represented a class of claimants regarding currency seized under bulk cash smuggling provisions of the U.S.A. Patriot Act
Represented a computer components importer in parallel criminal and civil proceedings for avoiding customs duties and filing false customs entries of computer components from Singapore
Represented an importer of chemicals from Europe in parallel civil and criminal investigations of allegations of violations of the country of origin marking rules
Represented a foreign producer of medical devices and its CEO in an allegation of importation of allegedly mismarked and misbranded medical devices under both the Tariff Act and the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetics Act
A U.S. citizen in connection with the importation of smuggled artifacts from looted Iraqi museums
Represented two U.S. automotive importer/distributors in claims for refunds under the customs value code based upon post entry downward adjustments to their transfer prices
Represented a Taiwanese producer of fashion ribbons in an investigation under the U.S. antidumping laws
Represented a U.S. importer of medical waste bags to determine whether its goods were within the scope of an antidumping duty order on polyethylene retail carrier bags from the People’s Republic of China
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