Trade policy is undergoing more rapid changes than ever before. The most significant is the change from the US Government’s longstanding commitment to the reduction and elimination of tariffs and other barriers to trade to a new, more nationalistic approach aimed at protecting U.S. jobs and incentivizing purchases of domestically made products.

The imminent consequence is more likely to be new rules, regulations, procedures, and trade investigations. International trade is in a state of unprecedented uncertainty.

Both importers and exporters have a growing need for expert legal advice – and Butzel Long’s trade practice is ready to serve its clients with more experience and capability than ever before. Butzel Long’s International Trade and Customs Specialty Team helps clients solve trade-related problems and proactively anticipate obstacles.

Our Services Include:

  • US International Trade Commission (ITC) Commerce Department (International Trade Administration) - investigations of Antidumping, Countervailing Duties, Safeguards, Section 232 National Security Investigations (currently on going for steel and aluminum);
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection - classification, valuation, country of origin marking, fraud investigations, recordation of trademarks and copyrights to protect against counterfeit and gray market goods;
  • Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) - supply chain security issues-practically mandatory participation in automotive sector; proceedings to release seized goods or currency;
  • U.S. Trade Representative - Petitions to add and remove countries and products from developing countries to the list of products eligible for duty free treatment. Under the Generalized System of Preferences; Section 301 investigations of unfair trade practices—very broad statute that can include IP violations, restriction of market access, etc., and allow retaliation in the U.S);
  • Court of International Trade - exclusive jurisdiction over appeals from Customs, ITC and Commerce Department (antidumping and countervailing duty cases);
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) - Sanctions involving Cuba, Iran, Russia and other countries and specially identified groups;
  • ITAR – Registration, Licensing, Brokering, Compliance counseling, and conducting internal investigations and defending against Government investigations in connection with exports of defense articles, services and/or technical data on the U.S. Munitions List (USML) under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR);
  • EAR – Identification of Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) and licensing requirements, if any; compliance counseling; and conducting internal investigations and defending against Government investigations in connection with exports of “dual use” items, services and/or technology on the Commerce Control List (CCL) under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR);
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - Design and implementation of corporate compliance programs for companies selling goods and services to foreign governments. Investigation and defense of FCPA enforcement actions;
  • Section 337 Investigations - Unfair trade practice cases at ITC relating to imports infringing US patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets;
  • Tariffs – Trade negotiations, trade agreements, NAFTA renegotiation;
  • Cross-Border Transactions – Cross-border customs and logistics issues;
  • CFIUS Reviews and Filings – Counseling non-US companies before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies.


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