Wood & Lee lawyers provide the following integrated, multi-jurisdictional services to meet the needs of global companies.
Import Compliance – Counselling, Auditing and Dispute Resolution: Our lawyers advise clients on the full range of customs compliance matters, including merchandise classification, valuation, country of origin marking, and drawback and other duty savings opportunities. Our lawyers also counsel on customs issues that involve other governmental agencies, such as product safety issues, environmental issues, food issues, communications regulations issues, trade commission issues, trade representative issues, agricultural issues, commerce issues, energy and transportation issues. We represent clients in customs audits – including focused assessments and importer self-assessment program – and in complex prior disclosures, penalty proceedings and litigation. We are able to interface directly with local customs officials on issues ranging from intellectual property rights seizures to negotiations over penalty matters.
Global Customs Compliance and Planning: Our lawyers help companies design and implement global customs compliance programs – tailored to the organisational needs of the companies and in light of the countries in which they are operating. In addition to strategic advisory services, we provide customs compliance training and draft customs compliance manuals to meet client needs.