Customs

Arnall Golden Gregory’s Customs Law Practice helps businesses and individuals, located in the United States and abroad, understand and comply with the complicated laws and regulations imposed by the United States government on international trade.  We focus on U.S. customs law and other regulations regarding imports, as well as on Transportation Security Administration regulations affecting the shipment of goods by transportation intermediaries and exporters.

We advise importers structuring their import programs, helping them identify the most cost-effective means of doing business, including using trade preference programs such as NAFTA or domestic programs such as drawback or bonded warehouses.  We counsel them on the determination of classification, value and country of origin of merchandise, as well as on other regulatory frameworks that apply to their imports, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and intellectual property right protection. We prepare internal compliance programs for importers and exporters that are specific to their operations.

When our clients are confronted with regulatory challenges, including potential or alleged violations of laws or government regulations, we represent our clients in investigations, audits, detentions, seizures, and penalties by U.S. Government agencies, especially by:

  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Bureau of Industry and Security
  • Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

We counsel our clients in the preparation of binding ruling requests, protests, and other communications with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies, as well as in the drafting of prior disclosures and the negotiation and resolution of fines, penalties, liquidated damages, and other enforcement actions taken by Customs.