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Import Management and Planning

Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph has a long history of assisting both domestic companies with import programs and foreign companies with their entry and expansion in the U.S. marketplace.

Imported merchandise, supplies, and raw materials can provide the economic engine for the growth of companies in the United States. But if not properly managed, import activities also can result in increased duties and taxes, higher inventory costs, and increased legal risks from fines and penalties.

Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph takes a comprehensive approach to import management and planning. Our practice areas include:

  • Managing the U.S. government regulation of imports from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other government agencies
  • Controlling the entry of imported merchandise in terms of tariff classifications, valuation, and country of origin markings
  • Watching for possible issues with intellectual property rights (IPR) violations
  • Planning for programs that can significantly raise or lower import duties such as duty drawback, anti-dumping and countervailing duties, and special trade programs such as free trade agreements
  • Allowing importers to establish CBP-bonded facilities, bonded carriers, and foreign trade zone (FTZ) operations
  • Obtaining rulings from U.S. government regulators
  • Performing audits and self-assessments or assigning with CBP focused assessments and quick response audits
  • Handling import disputes and government enforcement actions
  • Engaging in trade litigations involving third parties or against the U.S. government