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.

Oct. 3, 2023
European CO2 Reporting Requirement Program Cast
Oct. 2, 2023
Export Enforcement Five Continues Heightened Controls for Russia
Sep 27, 2023
U.S. Companies in China are Feeling Pessimistic and are Acting on the Feeling
Sep. 25, 2023
The Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a Government Shutdown: What Importers Can Possibly Expect
Sep. 14, 2023
PFAS, PBTs and Regulating Articles under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Are you Prepared?
Sep. 12 2023
CIT Finds That Liquidations Do Not (Always) Bar Remedy
Sep. 12, 2022
Census Provides Guidance on the Ultimate Consignee
Sep 11, 2023
Section 301 Tariff Exclusions Extended by the USTR with Results of the Four-Year Review Arriving this Fall
Sept. 5, 2023
BIS Removes 33 Parties from Unverified List, Highlights Importance of End-Use Checks in Export Compliance
Sept. 5, 2023
Customs Clarifies Classification and Rationale for Tariff Treatment of Automotive Glass
Sept. 5, 2023
Alleged Export Violations Yield Criminal Charges
Aug. 24, 2023
For Importers, Ignorance is not Bliss
Aug. 18, 2023
Two CIT Decisions Clarify Some (Potential) Importer Responsibilities
Aug. 18, 2023
First Solar Discovers Forced Labor in its Malaysia Facilities
Aug. 8, 2023
SHU Illustrates Risk of Forced Labor in Bifurcated Supply
Aug. 2, 2023
DHS Adds Chinese Battery and Spice Producers to UFLPA Entity List
Aug. 1, 2023
Federal Circuit Holds Importer's Due Process Rights Violated in EAPA Case
Jul. 31, 2023
Trade Authority Bill Sent to President
Jul. 28, 2023
Study of forced labor risk in U.S. food supply provides stepping stone for future action
Jul. 27, 2023
Tri-Seal Compliance Note: Voluntary Self-Disclosure Policies
Jul. 24, 2023
Coming Fall 2023: The USTR Says a Section 301 Review is Imminent
Jul. 17, 2023
FTC Announces Order & Penalty for False Made In USA Claims
Jul. 7, 2023
Congressional Proposal to Prevent Circumvention in Export Controls
Jul. 6, 2023
Sheffield Hallam Publishes Lists of Alleged XUAR Companies
Jun, 30, 2023
United States and India Agree to Deepened Relationship
Jun. 28, 2023
The World Customs Organization Elects a New Leader
Jun. 26, 2023
The EU and U.S. Continue to Add to Sanctions List
Jun. 23, 2023
SHU Publishes "Desk-Based" Forced Labor Research Strategies
Jun. 22, 2023
Customs Broker Continued Education Requirements Finalized
Jun. 20, 2023
De Minimis Entries in Congressional Sights
Jun. 15, 2023
Congress Seeks Industry Input Regarding Updates Need to Modernize U.S. Customs Laws
Jun. 9, 2023
Customs Ruling Clarifies Documents that May be Required for USMCA Post-Entry Claims
Jun. 9, 2023
A Bad Case of ITAR Non-Compliance - VTA Telecom Corporation
Jun, 2, 2023
Customs Expands CTPAT Preliminary Notifications
Jun. 1, 2023
Made in USA Violations and Clean Hands
Jun. 1, 2023
U.S. Government Continues to Talk about "Countering China"
May 30, 2023
Canada Proposes New Rule for Determining Value for Duty
May 30, 2023
U.S. Moves to Increase Trade with Taiwan and Kenya
May 29, 2023
Disruptive Technology Strike Force – On the Hunt
May 24, 2023
CBP Issues Flurry of Forced Labor Guidance
May 24, 2023
Senate Committee Brainstorms Avenues to Combat Forced Labor
May 24, 2023
Group Expands on Details of Forced Labor in China
May 19, 2023
Single EU Customs Data Hub Proposed
May 19, 2023
BIS Issues New Russia Export Restrictions
May 16, 2023
Proposed Modification AD/CVD Regulations
May 15, 2023
Some in Senate Losing Patience with China
May 8, 2023
Transshipment Scheme Leads to Arrest and Indictment
Jun. 2, 2023
BRC and Attorneys Ranked in 2023 Chambers Guide
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
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