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.

Jul. 26, 2022
"Crashbox" from Mexico Originates in China for Section 301
Jul. 5, 2022
Customs Launches Green Trade Strategy
Jun. 27, 2022
Valuation of Used Goods Returned After Repair or Calibration Abroad
Jun. 14, 2022
CBP Releases Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Enforcement Guidance
March 23, 2022
USTR Reinstates 352 Section 301 China Tariff Exclusions
Jul. 13, 2021
Pres. Biden Extends Hong Kong National Emergency
Jul. 13, 2021
CBP Proposes Continuation of NAFTA Marking Rules for Non-preferential Origin Determinations Under USMCA
Jun. 22, 2021
Importer Asks CIT to Overturn CBP Exclusion of "Hemp" Processing Equipment
Apr. 19, 2021
Tucson Chief of Police Nominated for CBP Commissioner
Apr. 13, 2021
Proposed Revocation & Modification for Anti-Stress Figures
Mar. 3, 2021
CIT Judge Questions First Sale Values from China
Mar. 3, 2021
Country of Origin of Processed Eels
Mar. 1, 2021
Severe Consequences of Default Judgements at the CIT
Jan. 11, 2021
Aluminum Import Monitoring System Implemented
Dec. 13, 2020
Commerce Creates General 232 Exclusions
Dec. 12, 2020
CBP Issues Broad Cotton Ban for China
Nov. 22, 2020
The "Essence" Test and Substantial Transformation
Nov. 4, 2020
Forced Labor Import Ban Receives Bipartisan Support
Oct. 30, 2020
Customs Laws for White Claws
Oct. 15, 2020
Newborn Bros. Co.: A Cautionary Tale Of "Made in America" Claims
Oct. 12, 2020
CIT Decision Focuses on State of Substantial Transformation Test
Aug. 31, 2020
Commerce Proposes Major Changes to Maximize AD/CVD Enforcement
Aug. 18, 2020
CBP Issues New Marking Rules for Goods Made in Hong Kong
Aug. 7, 2020
CBP Tightens Rules for De Minimis Duty-Free Entries by Nonresident Importers
April 24, 2020
USMCA To Enter Into Force July 1
April 23, 2020
USTR Granting Certain Requests for Exclusion from Additional Duties
April 20, 2020
90-Day Duty Payment Deferral in Response to COVID-19
April 20, 2020
CBP Publishes "Guidance" on USMCA
April 13, 2020
Whitepaper on Importing Medical Devices
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dec. 12, 2012
Why Sound Due Diligence Is Crucial in Global Business
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
December 6, 2011
The Latest Lurking International Trade Liability
December 6, 2011
David Forgue on The Latest Lurking International Trade Liability
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