Customs

Torres Law routinely provides advice on classification, valuation, country of origin, marking and labeling, qualification for NAFTA or other free trade programs, import bonds, and foreign trade zone issues. We represent clients before local port officials and at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.

We prepare Customs Compliance Programs that are tailored to the size and operations of our clients’ companies. We have experience assessing the effectiveness of internal controls, drafting compliance manuals and providing on-site training to employees. In addition, we have experience conducting internal investigations as well as compliance audits for our clients. In the event a client becomes the subject of an agency investigation, we provide advice at all stages of the investigation. We frequently submit “prior disclosures” to Customs, negotiate for the reduction of penalties and petition for the remission of forfeited merchandise. 

We also assist clients with U.S. Customs notices of action and enforcement, conduct internal compliance reviews, and pursue Customs rulings and advisory opinions.

We can assist you in the following areas:

  • Internal reviews and compliance audits
  • Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) Program applications, guidance and compliance
  • Customs training
  • C-TPAT
  • Duty Reduction programs
  • HTS Classifications
  • Customs rulings
  • Legal opinions and related Customs law guidance

Our EU network advices in key areas of EU customs practice: classification, valuation, preferential tariff regimes, rules of origin, post-clearance recovery of duties, self-disclosure procedures, compliance programs and third-country valuation and other customs practices.