Paul Vandevert talking to client

You’ve done the hard part: developed the right product; found the best source for your inputs; and clinched customers in overseas markets. But, there’s just one more thing: navigating the regulatory maze for importing and exporting goods.

OCHIM Trade Law PLC is your guide to:

  • Basic import and export compliance:
    • Tariff Classification (HTS Code #): tariff codes determine whether Customs duties apply and the rate of duty 
    • Valuation: Importers must declare correct value of imported goods as determined by Customs Valuation rules.  This can be complicated, particularly when the parties are related
    • Country of Origin: Another set of rules determines origin of imported goods, which often determines whether Customs duties apply and how much
    • Trade Preferences: Using the HTS Code #, country of origin and information about the manufacturing process will determine whether your imported goods are eligible for trade preferences – duty free importation – under Free Trade Agreements such as NAFTA, future USMCA, or other programs like GSP
    •  Delivery Terms: Correct selection of delivery terms (aka Incoterms) will ensure that everyone’s roles and responsibilities are clearly assigned and defined
  • Strategic advice and planning guidance so that you don’t overpay Customs duties 
  • Structuring transactions and commercial agreements, including purchase and sale contracts and distribution agreements to avoid confusion and misunderstanding down the road
  • Controversy management: requests for information, ruling requests, protests, audits, investigations, penalty cases, as well as, if necessary, litigation in court
  • Trade Policy advice and direction: Understanding developments and trends in trade policy, assessing impact on your business and guidance how to mitigate adverse impact
  • Incoterms: (EXW, FCA, FOB, etc.)