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Customs & International Trade Law

The United States, being one of the world leaders in the global economy, is the ideal place to sell your products and services. However, regulations are constantly evolving and even just maintaining compliance can be a complicated feat. Let us assist in your transition into the U.S. market as your legal representative before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Our educational programs and seminars are offered through our website and deliver the most updated information on customs and international trade law.

Practice Area

  • Compliance with U.S. government regulations for importing

  • Defense of penalties imposed by U.S. CBP

  • Defense of seizure and forfeiture action by U.S. CBP & FDA

  • U.S. Customs protest and petition

  • Customs Valuation

  • Classification

  • Government license - Bonded Carrier, CFS

  • Free Trade Agreement

  • C-TPAT certification/validation

Experience and Achievements

  • Represented numerous U.S. importers in U.S. Customs Section 592 penalty actions.

  • Represented clients before FDA and CBP on a variety of issues, including FDA warning letters, penalty actions, classification, origin marking, food labeling and record keeping violations.

  • Drafted over 500 CBP Form 28/29 responses, protests, petitions for liquidated damages claims & complaints on behalf of importers to avert civil monetary penalties and seizures.

  • Represented a U.S. importer in connection with a 2.7 million dollars intellectual property violation penalty action from U.S. Customs & Border Protection. The 2.7 million dollars penalty was mitigated in full and the client saved 2.7 million dollars through our representation.

  • Obtained more than 200 favorable decisions from CBP addressing product classification, country of origin, valuation and the eligibility of products for preferential treatment under KORUS FTA, NAFTA and CAFTA.

  • Represented clients to recover and save tens of millions of dollars in duties and fees.

  • Represented import clients in prior disclosures for import violations related to tariff classifications, valuations, processing fees and eligibility for preferential treatment.

  • Mitigated penalties imposed by CBP from $50,000 to $250

  • Advisory Panel for Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

  • Advisory Panel for Korean American Customs & Trade Study Forum

  • Advisory Panel for Korean Consulate General of Republic of Korea in Los Angeles

Educational Seminar

  • Korean American Customs & Trade Study (KACTS)
    Legal Liability of Importer of Record and Ultimate Consignee

  • The Korean Investors and Traders Association (KITA) & Korean American Customs & Trade Study (KACTS)
    U.S. Trade Policy of Trump Administration and Trade Environment

  • World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Association, LA (OKTA LA)
    U.S. Tariff to China and its effect to US-KOREA trade

  • Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea (MOF)
    U.S. Market Guide for Seafood Importers & Seafood Safety Law

  • Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
    Profiting from Korea-US Free Trade Agreement

  • Korea Customs Service (HQ)
    Rules of Origin and USCBP Verification