Customs Compliance

Importers are legally required to use “reasonable care” in their importing activities. Practically speaking, this requires that importers commit significant resources and take steps to ensure that they have trained employees who can interpret the legal requirements applicable to the company’s imports. Maintaining appropriate training and compliance is a continuous business process.

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 US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (“USMCA”) 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. Despite their best efforts, these companies sometimes require assistance to design, document, and defend their business processes.

The attorneys at Barnes, Richardson & Colburn have substantial experience in conducting compliance audits and implementing customs compliance programs. Our audits are focused and designed to minimize business disruption. 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 ensuring the required 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.

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Feb. 17, 2023
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Feb. 9, 2023
CBP Drops Importer's Forced Labor Finding
Feb. 8, 2023
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Jan. 12, 2023
Congress Steps Up UFLPA Pressure
Jan. 3, 2023
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Dec. 20, 2022
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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
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
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October 24, 2014
Trek Leather and the Decline of Reasonable Care
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October 9, 2014
3D Printing: A Manufacturing Revolution and (Potential) Compliance Headache
September 4, 2014
Misrepresentation of Country of Origin Results in Recent False Claims Act Penalties
June 6, 2014
Larry Friedman Elected Vice President of CITBA
March 28, 2014
Larry Friedman Speaks at ICPA Conference
March 3, 2014
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Oct. 30, 2013
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Oct. 30, 2013
Risk Mitigation in International Trade
September 20, 2013
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August 23, 2013
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July 30, 2013
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May 28, 2013
Chambers Recognizes Barnes/Richardson Partners as Leading Lawyers
May 8, 2013
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April 8, 2013
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February 5, 2013
Detentions, Exclusions, and Customs Protests
Dec. 12, 2012
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December 6, 2012
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July 26, 2012
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