International trade compliance

Our team has extensive experience guiding clients through the complexities of complying with shifting export and import controls and economic sanctions requirements. We counsel companies through each step of their international trade process to ensure regulatory compliance and routinely help with:

  • Antidumping and countervailing duty cases in such product areas as aluminum, steel, chemicals, ceramics, textiles and agriculture
  • Section 337 of the Tariff Act, including patents trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition
  • Obtaining or defeating tariff preferences
  • Section 201 safeguard actions
  • North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) issues
  • Buy American regulations, including regulations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Customs, including the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program
  • Import safety issues, including interdiction actions involving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Export controls and economic sanctions
In addition, export controls have become a key aspect of foreign investment reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). We regularly advise clients on regulatory requirements, provide opinions on classification and jurisdiction, and assist in the application for export licenses. Our international team also works with businesses to draft agreements, conduct investigations, submit voluntary disclosures of violations, and assist in compliance program assessment and improvements.

We maintain an extensive understanding of current U.S. sanctions, export control laws and regulations implemented by a number of different regulatory agencies, including:

  • Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) 
  • Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)