Washington DC Customs Lawyer
Stewart and Stewart
The scheme of customs laws and regulations provide both significant challenges and opportunities for American companies. Stewart and Stewart can help U.S. companies understand and address these challenges and opportunities. We provide services to assist U.S. producers, manufacturers, business and trade associations, and unions, as well as U.S. importers and exporters.
Stewart and Stewart can help American producers, manufacturers, business and trade associations, and unions use customs laws and regulations to seek relief from improper trade practices and ensure that products imported into the United States are being traded fairly. Specifically, we can assist with:
- Helping clients to understand proposed legislation, rules, and regulations regarding changes in customs duty protections and to oppose proposed legislation, rules, and regulations that undermine duty protections,
- Petitions to request corrected classifications, valuations, and duty rates for imported merchandise that is unfairly competing with domestic merchandise due to improper customs duty assessments,
- Identifying instances in which importers or foreign producers may be circumventing antidumping or countervailing duty orders through their classification or valuation of imported merchandise, and
- Advising clients about the implications and requirements of free trade agreements.
Stewart and Stewart can help U.S. importers navigate the full range of customs issues including:
- classification and valuation of imported goods;
- country of origin rules;
- free trade agreements, trade preferences, and other duty-free programs;
- duty drawback, Foreign Trade Zones and bonded warehouses, and other mechanisms for reducing duties;
- ruling requests;
- compliance and self-assessment programs;
- prior disclosures and corrections to customs entries;
- investigations, regulatory audits, and focused assessments;
- penalty proceedings;
- protest proceedings;
- litigation; and
- compliance with customs cargo security regimes.
Through work with our correspondent office or unaffiliated local counsel abroad, we can assist American exporters in addressing importing issues in many areas of the world.
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