Our full-time commitment to this practice over many years provides the Firm’s clients with the expertise necessary to prevent the imposition of potentially crippling trade sanctions.
The Firm’s trade department has successfully represented numerous manufacturers, exporters and importers in proceedings brought under antidumping, countervailing duty, section 201, section 301, and other US trade relief statutes. We work with our clients in the context of existing trade-related investigations, orders and remedies to place them in the best possible position to withstand potentially adverse competitive effects of such an event or market disruption.
Our lawyers, who practice exclusively in this area, have represented companies in antidumping and other trade matters involving exports from virtually every major trading country in Asia, Europe and the Americas. These cases have covered such diverse products as antifriction bearings, apple juice concentrate, bicycles, pasta, color televisions, sugar, pipe fittings, steel plate, stainless steel pipe, steel wire rod, chemicals, wearing apparel, textiles and a variety of other goods. Our presence in Washington, D.C. further enables the Firm to monitor and react promptly to antidumping and other trade actions.
Our counseling includes assistance not only in active investigations and annual administrative reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty orders, but also in pre-investigation or pre-review audits. Such internal audits enable clients to adopt strategies designed to avoid exposure to antidumping and countervailing duty assessments, or to minimize prospective liability for such assessments. In some instances, careful planning can actually result in increased market share after an anticipated case is brought.
In addition to handling antidumping and countervailing duty matters, the Firm’s lawyers have also been engaged in a wide variety of trade actions including alleged unfair competition before the US International Trade Commission, administration and enforcement of international trade agreements, Section 201 escape clause proceedings trade adjustment assistance and trade actions brought by the United States Trade Representative.
We maintain an active litigation practice in the US Court of International Trade and US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, both challenging adverse international trade-related agency determinations on behalf of our clients, and defending those agency decisions in support of our clients’ positions that have been contested by opposing parties. We also work with our clients to enlist the assistance of foreign governments to challenge adverse decisions by the United States before the World Trade Organization.
Through the Firm’s foreign offices and overseas personnel, together with correspondent trade counsel in Asia, Latin America and Europe, we also provide support to clients involved in unfair trade actions commenced in other countries.