Peter W. Klestadt has more than 30 years of experience concentrating in the areas of Customs and related import and export laws. He regularly appears before the federal agencies responsible for enforcing these laws, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, NOAA) and others.
Mr. Klestadt counsels clients on how to maximize opportunities in areas such as valuation, tariff classification, marking and country of origin as well as in the areas of regulatory compliance and audits. He has developed extensive experience defending complex criminal and civil investigations involving customs fraud, food labeling and endangered species Lacey Act violations, as well as False Claims Act cases involving evasion of customs and antidumping duties.
Mr. Klestadt is also a licensed Customs Broker and worked in the customs brokerage and freight forwarding industry prior to beginning his legal career. He continues to render advice in this area. Mr. Klestadt is a contributing author of Import Handbook (1997).
Compliance Assessments and Customs Audits
Country of Origin and Marking
Cultural Property Laws
Due Diligence and Acquisitions
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)