Attorneys to Assist with Importing and Exporting
Federal and state regulations governing
the importation and export of communications equipment
and consumer electronics can be complex. Different
federal agencies have jurisdiction, including
the Department of Commerce and the FCC.
As U.S. Customs usually liquidate
(finally issue invoices for Customs duties) entries
of merchandise well after they are imported into
the Customs territories of the United States,
lack of due diligence regarding your expensive
telecom equipment could result in business losses
not anticipated prior to importation. Most of
the problems involve classification, valuation,
country of origin or trade program related duty
issues. With our professional legal training and
experience, the attorneys at Thomas Lynch &
Associates can help you comply with U.S. Customs
requirements. In addition,we assist our clients
in formal protests, reviews and eventual appeals
of Customs decisions to the United States Court
of International Trade.
Product classification is the first
step in accessing the Customs duty applicable
to the telecom equipment to be imported into the
United States. Different classifications can result
in widely different duty rates that could be applied.
The Customs duty rates directly go into your bottom
line calculations for profitability. Valuation
is the calculation of the dollar basis upon which
the duty rate will be applied. It deals with the
detailed import operation such as commissions,
assists, freight and others. Country of Origin
rulings determine the country of origin of your
goods, which in turn determines the applicability
of special duty rates and other trade programs.
The origin of your goods depends on where the
various production steps took place.
In addition, Trade Program or Agreement
rulings determine whether free trade agreements
such as NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement),
or special trade programs such as AGOA (Africa
Growth and Opportunity Act), apply to your goods.
In addition to the detailed production information
described for Country of Origin Rulings, these
rulings may also require information on costs
incurred in each of the production countries.
Country of Origin Marking rulings determine whether
your goods are properly marked or labeled as to
country of origin.
Our Import and Export Attorneys
If you need assistance with importing
or exporting telecommunications equipment, contact
our law offices in the Washington, DC metro area
or Qindao, China to speak with an experienced
The law offices of Thomas Lynch
& Associates provides legal advice to telecommunications
businesses throughout the world, including Washington,
DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Jose, Palo Alto,
Frankfurt and China.