Background - Practices (Details)
Ports & Shipping

Crowell & Moring handles a wide range of port and shipping-related matters on behalf of clients in the energy, transportation, chemicals, food and beverage, security, construction, and other industries. We advise clients on regulatory and infrastructure matters related to government contracts, marina and dock facility planning, permitting, labor, expansion, and customs issues, as well as the Deepwater Port Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal and state laws.

Representative Engagements

  • Represent one of the largest dredging companies in the world in public procurement litigation against the Antwerp port authorities on the use of their patent protected technology for the construction of quay walls.
  • Represent clients in customs enforcement and notices of penalty actions at various customs ports.
  • Represent consumer goods companies on port seizure and inspection issues and export detainments related to sanction violation inquires.
  • Represent a Bangladeshi company in London-based ICC arbitration proceedings, under English law, against a U.S. company in connection with breach of contract and other claims arising out of a joint venture agreement relating to a port construction project in Bangladesh.
  • Represent airport terminal operators owned by Belgian, Dutch, Swedish, and United Arab Emirates U.S. entities with respect to collective bargaining throughout the U.S., as well as numerous labor and employment matters concerning the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and otherwise.
  • Represent a consumer products company in various port seizure issues related to health and human safety detainments and port investigations concerning import duty and tax assessments at the port of entry.
  • Represent a U.S. manufacturer on port detainments related to potential economic sanction violations based on supplier activities.
  • Represent an automotive manufacturer on detainment and regulatory compliance issues related to EPA, DOT and CBP certifications provided to the port at the time of importation.
  • Represent a heavy equipment manufacturer in administrative port proceedings related to the importation of goods pursuant to an administrative order issued under the Tariff Act of 1917.
  • Represent a web-based broker providing access to nationwide independent contractor delivery services throughout the U.S., providing controlled substance and small package delivery.
  • Represent the largest secure transportation provider throughout the U.S. and Canada with respect to operational strategies and labor and employment matters.
  • Extensive litigation at the Court of International Trade for multiple clients in response to actions by the Ports of Chicago, LA/Long Beach, Seattle, and New York. 
  • Represent an electrical product wholesaler regarding potential bid protests of three Port of Los Angeles contracts.
  • Review and analyze Deepwater Port Act Amendments on behalf of an oil and gas exploration company and provide advice regarding the same and participate in rulemaking and any subsequent court review.
  • Represent a web-based broker providing access to nationwide independent contractor delivery services throughout the U.S., providing controlled substance and small package delivery.
  • Represent the largest secure transportation provider throughout the U.S. and Canada with respect to operational strategies and labor and employment matters.
  • Counsel a large chemical company regarding a proposed joint venture cogeneration facility in Port Arthur Texas FERC PURPA Section 210 qualification.
  • Represent a construction company regarding a claim against Port Hueneme/Port of Oxnard for unpaid balance and delay.
  • Represent a U.S. oil and gas services company on exports of goods and related technology to Russia.
  • Address CBP detentions through the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury interventions on behalf of a U.S. exporter.
  • Represent a transportation services company in a protest regarding a USN solicitation for tug and towing services at Port Everglades Florida.
  • Represent the largest NYNJ port terminal operator regarding East Coast collective bargaining as well as numerous labor and employment compliance matters concerning the Office of International Labor Affairs.
  • Advise an electronic systems and components manufacturer regarding constitutional issues arising from Puerto Rico Port Authority inspection of containers entering the Commonwealth and the lawsuit filed by various importing entities.
  • Represent a global agribusiness and transportation company in defense of Clean Water Act citizen suit by Sierra Club regarding port facility in Oklahoma.
  • Assist a warehousing and storage company with Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) feasibility analysis and options to establish FTZ operations in the customs port of New York/Newark.
  • Represent the OTR USPS mail transportation providers throughout the US, with respect to collective bargaining, labor relations and employment matters.
  • Advise an air passenger carrier on regulatory and potential litigation issues involving rates and charges at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Los Angeles World Airports and other airports as needed.
  • Represent a business support services company on FAA and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agency-level protests regarding Port Authority's procurements of card access and alarm monitoring control equipment and integration for Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK Airports using AIP funds.
  • Represent a business support services company on an agency protest of unduly restrictive solicitation requirements in Miami Port Authority procurement of computerized security system for Miami International Airport under FAA's Airport Improvement Program.
  • Represent an electric power generation company in reviewing storm water permits and controls at facilities across the country.
  • Represent the broker providing independent contractor delivery services for the NY Metro area concerning regulatory and operational compliance within the controlled substance distribution network.
  • Represent a U.S. flagged ocean carrier concerning labor relations strategies with the Seafarers International Union and the American Maritime Officers.