Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP is one of the nation’s largest law firms devoted exclusively to international trade and customs matters.
The firm represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from privately held companies to Fortune 100 corporations engaged in the manufacture and distribution of textiles, consumer electronics, foodstuffs, computer and telecommunications equipment, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive products, steel, wearing apparel, agricultural products and a host of other consumer and industrial products. Our clients include domestic and foreign manufacturers, importers, exporters, trading companies, customs brokers, trade associations and foreign trade associations.
The firm’s lawyers have substantial experience practicing before the government agencies responsible for the administration and enforcement of our international trade and customs laws. Many of our lawyers gained experience with US Customs & Border Protection, the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, the Court of International Trade and the Department of Justice. Several of our attorneys are also licensed customs brokers and are uniquely qualified to understand issues relating to the delivery and clearance of imported/exported merchandise.
Customs duties often play a significant role in an importer’s cost of goods sold. Proper planning can reduce import duties, provide certainty regarding duty assessments, and ensure compliance with applicable laws, thereby maximizing profits and minimizing liabilities. The rules and regulations that govern customs and international trade matters are in a constant state of change. As a result of our many years of experience and a broad-based clientele, we are often in a unique position to anticipate problems before they arise and to resolve issues once they are identified.
We encourage companies to review their transactions in order to minimize duties and avoid compliance problems with US Customs & Border Protection and the other agencies that regulate international trade. We believe that customs and trade issues should be treated in the same manner as other business issues subject to financial planning. Periodic third-party review of a company’s manufacturing and import/export activities and relationships can help avoid unexpected assessments and will frequently generate significant savings.