International trade and customs regulation and compliance

International trade law and customs regulations and compliance is an area that impacts many businesses, even those which may not consider themselves as being directly involved in international trade. This is an important part of the international law practice at Porter Wright and includes:

  • Antidumping and Countervailing duty cases, where Porter Wright attorneys have been active in product areas including brake drums and rotors, extruded aluminum, steel products (structural steel, carbon steel, hot and cold rolled steel, wire rod), chemicals, ceramic products, textile products and agricultural products.
  • Section 337 of the Tariff Act, which enables an affected U.S. industry to stop imports of products that are infringing its patents, trademarks or copyrights or causing harm through unfair competition.
  • Generalized System of Preferences, where foreign exporters, U.S. importers and retailers have sought the assistance of Porter Wright attorneys both in obtaining or defeating tariff preferences.
  • Section 201: Safeguards, where, among other examples, Porter Wright attorneys participated in the largest 201 case in recent years involving steel products.
  • North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) issues, both under the Act as originally adopted by Canada, Mexico and the United States, and as renegotiated.
  • Buy American regulations, including regulations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Customs: Porter Wright’s expertise in customs includes obtaining rulings on classification, valuation, country of origin marking, developing compliance programs, and handling complex penalty cases. Porter Wright attorneys have assisted many companies in applying for and being accepted in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program.
  • Import Related Safety Issues, particularly interdiction actions involving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.