Customs Compliance


Since the Customs Modernization Act of 1993 importers have been legally required to use “reasonable care” in their importing activities. Practically speaking this has required that importers commit significant resources and take steps to ensure that there are trained employees who can interpret the requirements of the law in light of the company’s imports. Because companies change their operations, and the government changes the laws and regulations, maintaining appropriate training and compliance is a continuous process.

Almost 20 years after the Customs Modernization Act, many companies understand that it is important to ensure that tariff classifications are accurate, all elements of value are properly reported, country of origin is properly determined and reported, and claims for special programs like the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) or Generalized System of Preferences (“GSP”) are supported. Most companies also understand that they are required to keep documents to support their claims in these (and perhaps other) areas. However, many corporate leaders do not realize the extent to which these responsibilities implicate all parts of the company.

The attorneys at Barnes, Richardson & Colburn have substantial experience in conducting compliance audits and implementing Customs compliance programs. Our audits are highly focused and designed to minimize disruption for the various departments with relevant information. We design compliance programs meant to provide the highest level of compliance and reliability while respecting the company’s current processes. We regard these programs as being the best practical solution to continuing to do business while still ensuring the highest level of Customs compliance.

Contact any attorney at Barnes, Richardson & Colburn to explore whether you are complying with the Customs laws, and how to maximize your compliance with practical, business-oriented practices and procedures.

June 25, 2019
APHIS Exempts Import Restrictions for Biological Control Organisms
May 5, 2019
President Trump Tweets Section 301 Duties to Go Up to 25% and Expand
December 17, 2018
CBP Releases Final Rule for Modern Drawback Claims Procedures
September 25, 2018
ACE Deployment, Switch to National Broker Permit, Scheduled for August 2019
September 20, 2018
China 301 List 1 and 2 Exclusion Deadlines are Fast Approaching
September 13, 2017
House Bill Introduced Prohibiting Importation of Certain Venezuelan Petroleum Goods
August 30, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Causes Long-Term Closures in Texas Ports
August 10, 2017
Commerce Rules Heat-Treated Aluminum 5050 Extrusions As Circumvention; Overturns Related Scope Rulings
July 20, 2016
First Round of NAFTA Talks Scheduled: Negotiation Objectives Include ROOs, ISDS, Labor and Environment Standards
June 15, 2017
GAO: CBP Needs More Staff, Better Hiring Plans to Ensure Effective Enforcement
June 2, 2017
FDA Extends UDI Deadline for Class I Devices
May 10, 2017
International Trade Commission Institutes Second and Third Parts of Digital Trade Investigation
April 21, 2017
Commerce Department, USTR Solicit Public Comment on Trade Deficit Omnibus Report
February 22, 2017
WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Enters into Force
February 14, 2017
President Trump, Prime Minister Trudeau Meet to Discuss Potential NAFTA Modifications
February 9, 2017
GAO Report; Customs Not Able to Validate Benefits to C-TPAT Participants
February 2, 2017
Presidential Memorandum Calls for Regulatory Freeze Until March 21st
January 19, 2017
Court of International Trade Limits Retroactive Application of Scope Determination
May 19, 2015
MTB Reform Passes Senate in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act
May 12, 2015
C-TPAT to now Enroll U.S. Exporters
Friday April 24, 2015
Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee Pass TPA, Customs Reauthorization, and GSP Bills
February 2, 2015
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Development Passes the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015
December 30, 2014
CBP Proposal to Enhance Collection of Information on Form 5106- the Importer ID Input Record is Ill Advised and Should be Rescinded
December 10, 2014
Former Pratt & Whitney Engineer Charged for Stealing Confidential Information
December 10, 2014
Federal Circuit Will Not Rehear GRK Canada Tariff Classification Case
December 4, 2014
U.S. and Singapore Sign Mutual Security Programs
September 4, 2014
The Rise of False Claims Act Cases Involving Country of Origin
August 5, 2014
Fed Circuit Court: GRK Canada LTD. Screw Classification Decision
July 16, 2014
CBP Floats Revised ICP on First Sale
May 8, 2014
Russia to Lose GSP Benefits
February 20, 2014
Obama Signs Executive Order to Simplify Trade
February 11, 2014
ATF Lengthens Import Permit Terms for Firearms
February 10, 2014
BIS Proposes Removal of Routed Export Transaction; Seeks Comments Regarding USPPI and FPPI
February 04, 2014
FDA Proposes Rule for Sanitary Transportation of Food
January 27, 2014
CBP Requests Comments Regarding Cost Submission
January 27, 2014
AMS Finalizes Paper Marketing Order
November 26, 2013
U.S., Morocco Approves Bilateral Trade Agreement
October 15, 2013
CBP Postpones East Coast Trade Symposium
October 01, 2013
Government Shutdown Impacts International Trade Agencies
September 24, 2013
Rep. Lee Terry Introduces Legislation Amending GSP Eligibility
September 17, 2013
CBP Announces the 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium
August 28, 2013
WCO Issues Advisory Opinion on Trademark Royalty and License Fees Paid to Third Party
August 27, 2013
CBP to Require Residue Manifesting and Entry Starting Late November 2013
August 13, 2013
CBP/Census Revise Split Shipment Requirements
August 12, 2013
GSP Expires After Congress Fails to Approve Reauthorization
August 12, 2013
CBP Announces Upcoming Leadership Changes
August 09, 2013
President Obama Nominates CBP Commissioner
March 18, 2019
Chicago Partner Lawrence M. Friedman to Speak on How to Prepare for and Conduct Your Import Internal Risk Assessment
March 29, 2019
ITCC Import Export Workshop: When You Disagree with Customs...
March 23, 2018
BRC Partner Brian Walsh To Speak on Protests, Prior Disclosures, Penalties, Redelivery Notices & Liquidated Damages
January 22, 2018
BRC Partner David Forgue to Speak on Classification Processes
May 4, 2017
BRC Partner Lawrence Friedman to Speak at Upcoming PERT Event
March 16, 2017
Partner David Forgue Quoted in International Trade Today
March 16, 2017
Partner David Forgue Quoted in International Trade Today
March 8, 2017
Barnes Partner Lawrence Friedman Quoted Regarding Tariff Engineering in Washington Post
March 2, 2017
David G. Forgue to Participate in Georgetown International Trade Update
February 14, 2017
BRC, Joern Law Firm to Hold Joint Webinar on Consumer Product Safety Rules and Import Requirements
By: Lawrence M. Friedman
January 30
David G. Forgue to Speak at Chicago Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Association Seminar
April 27, 2015
Food Safety Modernization Act Update
By: Sandra Liss Friedman
April 27, 2015
Sandy Friedman provides update on Food Safety Law
March 23, 2015
Partner Larry Friedman's Workshop on Tariff Engineering at the International Compliance Professionals Association
By: Lawrence M. Friedman
February 20, 2015
Partner Larry Friedman Moderates Panel on the Role of Use in Tariff Classification
By: Lawrence M. Friedman
February 10, 2015
From Moveable Type to Home Manufacturing in Five Easy Centuries: Some Trade Implications of 3D Printing
By: David G. Forgue
December 16, 2014
Brian Walsh Honored by Chicago Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association
December 15, 2014
Helena Sullivan Presents to Fashion and Int'l Trade Committees of NYC Bar
November 21, 2014
Larry Friedman Presented Webinar for International Compliance Professionals Association
By: Lawrence M. Friedman
October 24, 2014
Trek Leather and the Decline of Reasonable Care
By: Lawrence M. Friedman
October 9, 2014
3D Printing: A Manufacturing Revolution and (Potential) Compliance Headache
By: David G. Forgue
September 4, 2014
Misrepresentation of Country of Origin Results in Recent False Claims Act Penalties
By: Sandra Liss Friedman
June 6, 2014
Larry Friedman Elected Vice President of CITBA
March 28, 2014
Larry Friedman Speaks at ICPA Conference
March 3, 2014
BRC Partner Quoted in Korean Orange Juice Investigation
Oct. 30, 2013
Barnes/Richardson Partner David Forgue Publishes Third Article on M&A Due Diligence
Oct. 30, 2013
Risk Mitigation in International Trade
By: David G. Forgue
September 20, 2013
Barnes/Richardson Partner Cortney O’Toole Morgan to Speak at ACI’s U.S. Customs Compliance Boot Camp
August 23, 2013
Barnes/Richardson Attorneys Author Article on CBP’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs)
July 30, 2013
Barnes/Richardson Attorneys Co-Author ABA Year in Review Articles
By: Matthew T. McGrath and Lawrence M. Friedman
May 28, 2013
Chambers Recognizes Barnes/Richardson Partners as Leading Lawyers
May 8, 2013
Barnes/Richardson Partner Quoted by International Trade Today
April 8, 2013
Barnes/Richardson Partner Quoted in Ria Novosti Article
February 5, 2013
Detentions, Exclusions, and Customs Protests
By: Lawrence M. Friedman
Dec. 12, 2012
Why Sound Due Diligence Is Crucial in Global Business
By: Brian F. Walsh and David G. Forgue
December 6, 2012
Barnes/Richardson Partner Moderates Panel on CIT Litigation Issues
July 26, 2012
Barnes/Richardson Attorneys Co-Author Customs Year in Review for ABA International Lawyer
Jun. 6, 2012
Firm Posts ITCC Presentation on Valuation
Apr. 9, 2012
Army Reservist Permitted to Sit for Customs Broker Exam
By: Lawrence M. Friedman
December 6, 2011
The Latest Lurking International Trade Liability
By: David G. Forgue
December 6, 2011
David Forgue on The Latest Lurking International Trade Liability
By: David G. Forgue
November 21, 2011
October 27, 2011
CBP Changes Rules for Sampling and Offsetting in Prior Disclosures
Jun. 10, 2011
Challenging Customs Denial of Prior Disclosure
By: Lawrence M. Friedman