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Clark Hill helps domestic and international companies with all aspects of the laws and regulations governing international commerce.

We represent a variety of companies in the international trade community, including importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, sureties, insurance companies, and transportation companies. Our diverse client base affords us a broad perspective that enables us to develop creative and effective solutions to our clients’ issues.

We regularly deal with matters involving:

  • Tariff classification of imported merchandise
  • Customs valuation, including related party concerns, dutiability of royalties, and applicability of the first sale concept
  • Eligibility of products for tariff treatment under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other special regimes and agreements (Generalized System of Preferences, African Growth and Opportunity Act, Central America Free Trade Agreement, US-Israel Free Trade Agreement, etc.)
  • Designing and implementing compliance programs for importers and customs brokers
  • Customs audits
  • Customs recordkeeping requirements
  • Customs penalties
  • Customs broker issues, including licensing, compliance, penalties, defense of claims, and related matters
  • Copyright and trademark issues
  • Country of origin determinations and marking questions
  • C-TPAT enrollment and advice
  • Special tariff provisions such as American goods assembled abroad and articles exported for repairs or alterations
  • Bonded warehouses/Foreign-Trade Zones
  • Quotas and visas
  • Drawback
  • Import compliance matters and penalty cases involving other partner government agencies such as FDA, EPA, DOT, TSA