Patrick J. Caulfield is a partner in the New York office. Patrick has worked in international trade and customs his entire professional career. Prior to law school, Patrick worked in the freight forwarding and customs brokerage industry with various firms where he gained valuable experience in dealing with U.S. Customs matters (classification, valuation, and licensing). Patrick has been at GDLSK since graduating law school and has been involved in almost all areas of the field including classification, valuation, licensing, duty-savings programs, compliance, antidumping and countervailing duty matters and customs enforcement issues including detentions and seizures related to allegations of forced labor in supply chains.
Patrick has also focused on representing clients affected by recent trade actions such as the China-specific “Section 301” tariffs and the aluminum and steel tariffs implemented under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. He has represented importers of all sizes, ranging from large publicly held companies to smaller closely held corporations, before not only U.S. Customs and Border Protection but also the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Patrick also works extensively on customs broker regulations and serves as customs counsel to the JFK Airport Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Association. Patrick regularly makes educational presentations to various customs brokers associations such as the New York-New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association and the Educational Institute of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America. These presentations focus on issues affecting not only brokers but also importers.
Compliance Assessments and Customs Audits
Country of Origin and Marking
Due Diligence and Acquisitions
Export Controls and Sanction Programs
Foreign Trade Zones and Bonded Warehouses
Legislation and Trade Policy Decisions
Penalties, Seizures and Investigations
Quotas and Import Restrictions
Special Duty Programs
Supply Chain Security
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)