We assist companies and individuals in meeting a full range of U.S. international trade requirements, including:

  • Customs and import compliance
  • Export controls
  • Economic sanctions
  • Negotiating with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
  • Anti-money laundering
  • National security laws and regulations
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Customs and Import Compliance

We assist importers, logistics firms, customs brokers and other companies with import and customs issues. Our focus is on minimizing duties and maximizing compliance. We help clients obtain business opportunities through trade preference programs under numerous trade agreements. Our areas of focus include:

  • Classification of products and services, valuation, origin determinations, marking and duty drawback
  • Designing and implementing customs compliance programs and training
  • Obtaining reduced tariffs under U.S. trade preference programs, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Korea-US FTA, the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, the Central America FTA, and the US-Israel FTA
  • Applications to establish foreign trade zones, including related inventory control and customs documentation
  • Representing companies in enforcement proceedings, prior voluntary disclosures and verifications, requests for binding rulings and focused assessment audits
  • Assisting company participation in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) to maximize benefits for clients under this critical program enhancing trade security

Export Controls

We advise clients on regulatory requirements enforced by the Commerce, State and Defense Departments as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission - agencies that control U.S. exports of equipment, software, commodities and technologies with potentially sensitive military and security applications.

We can assist you by:

  • Advising your company at all stages of the licensing process to minimize the risk of exporting controlled products and services to sensitive countries and regions
  • Designing and implementing effective export compliance programs and training to ease the burden of compliance
  • Providing advice on technology control plans, customer screening procedures, "deemed exports" and global supply chain issues
  • Carrying out internal investigations, voluntary disclosures and negotiation of settlements to minimize any potential fines and penalties

Economic and Trade Sanctions

If you do international business, you know the importance of anticipating and complying with sanctions applied by the USG, other governments and international organizations. Even inadvertent violations of sanction measures can lead to stringent penalties, severe restrictions on business activities or major reputational damage.

We engage on behalf of clients with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Treasury Department, the agency charged with enforcing U.S. sanction laws and regulations. We undertake a number of measures to protect our clients, including:

  • Counseling on the scope and potential application of relevant sanctions to prevent violations
  • Designing and implementing internal policies and corporate compliance programs with in-house training
  • Preparing applications and advocating for licenses that grant exceptions to sanctions measures
  • Seeking advisory opinions from OFAC
  • Engaging with key regulators on the policies governing sanctions enforcement
  • Negotiating OFAC enforcement penalties

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Companies that import from overseas or export internationally are exposed to an increasingly large risk from corruption, bribery and extortion. This can result in inadvertent or unknowing violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a legal tool used by the U.S. Government to combat international crime and terrorism.

The FCPA imposes restrictions on U.S. citizens and U.S. companies, including their affiliates that carry out international business. It also puts constraints on foreign citizens and companies that utilize U.S. financial institutions or U.S. communication channels to conduct international business. A finding of FCPA violations can bring major fines and penalties as well as significant damage to corporate reputation.

We offer comprehensive services for advising clients on a full range of FCPA and international corruption issues through:

  • Designing and implementing effective FCPA and anti-corruption compliance programs
  • Representing clients in carrying out internal investigations or responding to government investigations of potential FCPA violations
  • Conducting due diligence on newly-acquired companies, joint venture partners and international agents to identify possible FCPA violations
  • Defending clients against formal accusations by government agencies of violating the FCPA

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