Neil S. Helfand is Of Counsel to the firm and resident in its New York office. He also currently serves as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Helfand served as an attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Office of Regulations and Rulings in Washington, DC, and as an Information Specialist focused on illicit trade issues in the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.
Mr. Helfand’s practice is concentrated in Customs and international trade law. He regularly counsels clients in connection with a variety of issues, including country of origin determination and marking requirements, tariff classification and valuation, supply chain security, free trade agreements, focused assessments, detentions, seizures, liquidated damages, and complex penalty investigations. Mr. Helfand also has extensive experience setting up first sale and other duty savings initiatives and internal compliance programs.
Mr. Helfand has authored articles on customs and international trade matters for numerous business and trade publications.
Compliance Assessments and Customs Audits
Country of Origin and Marking
Cultural Property Laws
Export Controls and Sanction Programs
Fish and Wildlife
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)