International Trade

Our International Trade attorneys provide a variety of services to assist clients in managing and understanding the significant legal and regulatory requirements related to importing and exporting goods, and conducting international business transactions. We help clients establish, implement and maintain trade-related compliance programs and handle government audits and enforcement investigations. Our attorneys also routinely advise clients on the application and compliance with international trade agreements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other trade-related laws. 

Roetzel attorneys represent clients in complex customs matters involving the entry of merchandise, the seizure and detention of goods, compliance audits and investigations, and enforcement proceedings. These matters involve core customs issues such as classification, valuation, country of origin, marking, quota, and drawback. We also assist clients with the preparation, filing and handling of ruling requests, protests and prior disclosures and in defending against penalty actions. 

Our attorneys understand the intricacies of compliance and enforcement issues related to export controls and sanctions programs governed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. These matters include clearance, licensing and recordkeeping issues. 

Roetzel attorneys regularly advise U.S. and foreign companies on the impact of the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, and have defended international companies and their executives against allegations by competitors and whistleblowers of violations of the FCPA. We are also proactive in conducting risk assessments, compliance programs, audit mechanisms and in implementing Anticorruption Compliance Programs in compliance with the U.S. Department of Justice guidelines. We have provided these services to companies throughout the world which uniquely qualifies our attorneys to understand the best mechanisms and procedures for implementing Anticorruption Compliance Programs.

Roetzel International Trade attorneys represent clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-size businesses. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling matters before various regulatory bodies, agencies and courts, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, the World Trade Organization, various U.S. district and circuit courts and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Our People

Representative Services


  • Classification
  • Valuation
  • Country of Origin
  • Marking
  • Quota
  • Drawback
  • Audits / focused assessments
  • Compliance programs
  • Protests
  • Prior disclosures
  • Ruling requests
  • Penalty actions
  • CTPAT certification
  • Temporary Importation Bonds (TIB)
  • CBP registration of intellectual property


  • Clearance
  • Licensing
  • Recordkeeping
  • Regulatory compliance before the following agencies:
    • Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (EAA, EAR)
    • Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (targeted sanctions)
    • Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (AECA, ITAR)


  • Risk assessments
  • Compliance programs
  • Audits
  • Anticorruption compliance programs


  • Foreign trade zone operations
  • International trade documentation, shipping and logistics
  • Anti-boycott compliance


  • Advisory services related to following:
    • World Trade Organization (WTO)
    • Hague Convention Treaty
    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    • Other country-specific free trade agreements

Representative Matters

  • Represented a manufacturer in a customs protest challenging the reclassification and rate advance of imported articles subject to the agricultural actual use provisions
  • Represented an importer of wearing apparel in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation concerning the valuation of merchandise
  • Represent foreign tobacco product manufacturers and importers on customs and regulatory requirements related to the importation and sale of tobacco products
  • Represented a U.S. manufacturer of law enforcement articles in export licensing and regulatory requirements related to foreign sales
  • Lead counsel for transactions to provide telecommunication services to embargoed countries in the Middle East
  • Represented firearms manufacturers and importers in general export licensing and compliance services
  • Developed and managed international FCPA and UK Bribery Act training for a pharmaceutical company in over 90 countries
  • Implemented FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance and training program for one of the world’s largest metal manufacturing companies
  • Conducted risk analysis in North and South America for an international logistics company prior to implementing anticorruption / FCPA compliance program
  • Trial counsel for a Fortune 500 energy company in jury trial in U.S. district court involving state and federal whistleblower claims alleging violations of the FCPA arising from construction of electrical power plant in Guatemala
  • Defended an importer in a FCPA investigation initiated by a whistleblower for allegations of illegal payments in the Caribbean and Central America
  • Advise a number of clients on the use of the trade laws (Section 337, antidumping and countervailing duty statutes) to block unfair foreign imports

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