Background - Practices (Details)

International Trade

In a complex global environment, the International Trade Group of Crowell & Moring provides practical, sophisticated advice and cross-disciplinary counsel. Chambers Europe, Chambers USA, Legal 500, The World's Leading Lawyers Guide, and Best Lawyers have all ranked the firm among the top international trade practices for export control, trade litigation matters (including antidumping, countervailing/antisubsidy, and safeguard matters), and customs. In a recent editorial describing its selection rationale, Chambers Global noted that "sources applaud the quality of [the firm's] expertise."

With experienced lawyers practicing in the firm's Washington, D.C., Brussels, London, New York, and California offices, we are well positioned to provide dispute-resolution and litigation counsel on emerging trade issues worldwide. In conjunction with the firm's full-service international policy and regulatory affairs consulting affiliate, C&M International, we also help facilitate communications with national governments and international trade agencies across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. We work closely with the firm's other core practices to provide a broad spectrum of additional client services and to publish our proprietary journal, the International Trade Bulletin The Month in International Trade as well as our blog.

Our clients include Alcoa, DuPont, Caterpillar, S.C. Johnson, General Motors, Mazda, Electrolux, Bosch and Schlumberger. We advise producers, importers, and exporters on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), among others. We also advise clients on international treaties such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other free trade agreements (FTAs), and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Our lawyers counsel clients on licensing requirements, perform internal investigations, assist with voluntary disclosures, design and implement compliance programs, and classify a company's products for export control purposes. We also represent clients in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings, draft commodity jurisdiction and commodity classification requests, prepare license and agreement applications, and provide training on export control procedures and requirements.

As trade litigation has globalized — and with the United States and the EU often undertaking parallel antidumping and countervailing/antisubsidy investigations — we draw on the capabilities of our lawyers in Brussels and Washington, D.C. Our team has collectively been involved in over 200 antidumping cases in 12 jurisdictions, and provided technical antidumping and countervailing/anti-subsidy counsel to six national governments.

Although we have substantial experience litigating these matters, we also work with our clients to find, where appropriate, the right business solution through negotiation and the establishment of advantageous commercial arrangements. We act for national governments, trade associations, and corporate clients on trade remedy matters, giving us a particular understanding of the challenges faced by all parties to a trade dispute.

Our nationally ranked customs practice assists companies with the increasingly complex matrix of U.S. and international laws and regulations governing the movement of goods, technology, and services across national borders. Specifically, the lawyers and trade professionals in our global customs practice advise clients on the full array of customs issues that arise in international business transactions, including counseling on classification, valuation and origin, administrative proceedings, audits, enforcement actions, litigation, and public policy matters. We also assist companies by conducting internal investigations and compliance audits, and by designing and implementing compliance programs. Our customs experience includes handling matters before customs agencies, national courts, and policy makers in numerous jurisdictions in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa.