Raphael Barazza

Raphaël Barazza is based in Paris, France and his practice focuses on international trade matters in the EU. 

Mr. Barazza has extensive experience with customs compliance matters, including assisting large multinational companies with customs audits and investigations, refunds and remissions of customs duties, and establishing their customs procedures and processes. 

Mr. Barazza also assists clients with export controls and sanctions matters. He has extensive experience with the EU Dual Use Items regulation, the licensing process in France with the Service des Biens Double Usage - SBDU (Dual Use Items Bureau), the French encryption regulation with the Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (National Agency for the Safety of IT Systems, ANSSI), and the Matériels de Guerre et Assimilés (war materials and related items). He advises and represents clients before the various institutions involved in export control, especially with French specific requirements. 

Mr. Barazza also has experience representing shipping companies, insurers, and their undertakers involved in various cargo disputes. Additionally, he has negotiated the Union Customs Code on behalf of the sporting goods industry.

  • Conduct audits and due diligence in customs cost-saving programs
  • Establishing import and export compliance programs for the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification
  • Advise on customs valuation (royalty, buying commissions, management fees, assists, etc.)
  • Provided in-house training and conducted impact assessment on the Union Customs Code effective in 1st May 2016
  • Represented major sporting goods company involved in classification disputes
  • Filed multi-million refund cases before the French authorities
  • Advise on the implementation of European sanctions against Russia
  • Filed ANSSI declarations and requests for export authorization on behalf of various US Information Technology companies
Education & Admissions

Mr. Barazza obtained his Master’s Degree in International Business Law from the Université Paris-Sorbonne and his Master’s Degree in Export Law and Practice from the Université Paris Descartes.

Mr. Barazza is licensed to practice law in France and before the Courts of the European Union.

He is an admitted litigator before the French and European Courts (Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice).

*Mr. Barazza is not licensed to practice law in Texas.


Mr. Barazza is a Deputy Representative before the Trade Contact Group, involved with the European Commission in all major reforms of customs and trade EU legislation.

He is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce and a regular attendee of the Technical Committee on Customs Valuation at the World Customs Organization (WCO).