Welcome to U.S. Customs & Trade Law, PLLC (“USCTL”), a Tacoma, Washington law firm that focuses exclusively on the compliance and enforcement dimensions of U.S. import-export transactions and the redress of trusted traveler program issues. We hope the content set forth on this website serves as a useful introduction to and overview of the firm’s people, practices, and policies.
USCTL provides importers, exporters, domestic and foreign manufacturers, research universities, trade associations, brokers, sureties, freight forwarders, entrepreneurs, and travelers with expert counsel and representation on customs and trade matters arising under the regulatory authority of U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) and its partner government agencies (“PGAs”) or otherwise coming within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of International Trade. In researching the compliance elements, screening the issues, drilling down on the rationales, and framing the arguments that underlie our advice and advocacy, we actively look to and harness the full spectrum of political and economic factors, agreements, statutes, regulations, procedures, reports, rulings, awards, opinions, orders, determinations, recommendations, directives, guidelines, publications, treatises, data analytics, and automated systems that inform the practice and policy components of U.S. customs and trade law.
Examples of matters handled by the firm include: classification, valuation, and origination reviews; ruling, internal advice, commodity jurisdiction, and advisory opinion requests; free trade agreement preference and trade preference program exemption claims; foreign trade zone and bonded warehouse applications; PGA requirement analyses; license and permit applications; manifest confidentiality requests; trademark and copyright recordations, authorizations, and clearances; trade remedy screening and product exclusion requests; export control and economic sanction guidance; protests and applications for further review; holds and detentions; CF 28, CF 29, and informed compliance letter responses; prior and voluntary disclosures; investigations, verifications, and audits; trade violation reporting; penalty, seizure (merchandise and currency), and liquidated damage claims; offers in compromise, trusted traveler redress requests; internal compliance program development/training; Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (“C-TPAT”) certifications and validations; Importer Self-Assessment (“ISA”) program eligibility analyses and applications; Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests; and import-export document translations. USCTL aims, through the provision of this specialized counsel and representation, to help clients reduce or defer duties, establish and maintain positive working relationships with CBP and PGAs, minimize compliance risk, avoid costly fees and penalties, bolster supply chain security, curtail business disruptions, accelerate production and sales cycles, expand market access, and strengthen bottom lines.
The delivery of legal, economic, and relational value is at the core of USCTL’s practice philosophy. Consistent with the foregoing, we are committed to leveraging our expertise and resources, agile operating profile, and flexible fee structure for the purpose of furnishing ethically-grounded, results-oriented legal services in a personalized, expeditious, and cost-effective manner. To learn more about how USCTL can help you navigate the complex and increasingly dynamic matrix of multilateral disciplines and disputes, legislative enactments, administrative compliance standards and enforcement initiatives, judicial precedents, and other interests that directly and indirectly govern the cross-border movement of merchandise, currency, and travelers, click on the “Contact” button below or call 253.265.5125 to schedule a free initial consultation. Thank you for considering USCTL in connection with your customs, trade, and trusted traveler needs. We look forward to hearing from and having the opportunity to work with you.