Customs, Imports & Trade Remedies

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Cozen O’Connor’s Heather Marx named to The American Lawyer’s 2021 Midwest Trailblazers list

Heather Marx, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation practice and vice-chair of the firm’s Trade Remedies practice, has been named to The American Lawyer’s 2021 inaugural list of Midwest Trailblazers.


We advise domestic and international clients on strategies for foreign-based manufacture, importation, and distribution of goods. We also advise clients on how to incorporate and safeguard against anti-competitive trade barriers, regulatory systems, and trade remedies, both internationally and domestically.

The professionals in Cozen O’Connor’s Customs, Imports & Trade Remedies Practice represent businesses in matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Trade Administration, and the U.S. Trade Representative. Cozen O’Connor’s customs, imports, and trade remedies lawyers also represent the interests of clients before the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Tariffs, Customs & International Trade

Customs and international trade matters warrant the same type of planning as other significant financial transactions, as careful attention on the front end can help clients avoid unanticipated duty expenses and generate significant duty savings. Our attorneys regularly counsel importers regarding all aspects of compliance with an increasingly complex regulatory regime that include, but are not limited to, matters regarding:

  • Classification
  • Valuation
  • Country of origin and marking requirements
  • USMCA and other trade agreements
  • Prior disclosures
  • Protests and appeals
  • Penalty cases
  • Focused assessments
  • Responses to Requests for Information and Notices of Action
  • Advisory opinions
  • Foreign Trade Zone creation and maintenance
  • Duty drawback programs
  • Customs audits
  • U.S. Customs entry compliance protocols

International Manufacturing, Importation & Distribution

The changing face of the manufacturing industry in the United States poses new financial, operational, and regulatory challenges to manufacturers. Cozen O'Connor provides comprehensive advice to manufacturing clients on the development, production, and distribution of their products. We understand the unique risks and challenges to this industry, and we provide strategic counsel to support, enhance, and advance our clients’ business objectives. Our group assists clients with matters such as manufacturing and supply agreements, distribution agreements, compliance issues involving government and regulatory agencies, warranties, sales contracts, pricing, intellectual property protection, and compliance.

Trade Remedies, Injury Proceedings & Trade Litigation

Importers and exporters continuously face the risk of potentially devastating consequences in the event of import surges, anti-dumping/countervailing duties, merchandise exclusions orders, and other restrictive trade measures. In order to help clients minimize the risks of these adverse consequences, our lawyers advocate client interests in the trade remedies arena before numerous government agencies. We represent foreign and domestic producers, exporters, and importers in connection with anti-dumping and countervailing duties and safeguards and we advise clients on the many risks and opportunities associated with the foreign manufacture of goods. We have successfully represented clients in anti-dumping and countervailing matters, scope determinations, and other administrative proceedings, as well as post-entry and post-liquidation protest denial appeals. We have obtained millions of dollars in duty refunds on behalf of our clients. 

Trade litigation is an important component to a business’ overall trade strategy, whether used as a preemptive measure to prevent immediate injury or as a last resort when all other options of dispute resolution or administrative remedies have failed. Our attorneys appear regularly before the ITC, the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In all matters we handle, we stress the importance of preventative planning and proactively work with our clients to create systems, internal controls, and compliance programs to minimize duties and avoid problems upon importation. At the same time, we are staunchly committed to challenging adverse determinations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, other agencies regulating international trade, and the courts.



“Made in USA” Labeling Could be Costly for Businesses [Alert]

March 18, 2021

Joel Nesset and Tom Wallrich discuss the consent order issued by the FTC in Chemence, Inc.

New U.S. Ban on Chinese Cotton Suppliers Adds Stress to Fashion Industry’s Weakened Supply Chain [Alert]

September 21, 2020

Danielle Garno, Heather Marx, and Samuel Mogensen discuss U.S. Customs and Border Protection five WROs banning cotton, apparel, and other goods that were produced with state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

USTR Announces New Exclusion Process for Section 301 Tariffs on U.S. Imports from China

July 16, 2019

Kristi Zentner, Tom Wallrich, and Joel Nesset discuss the process for applicants to request that specific Chinese goods be exempted from the recently imposed additional 25 percent tariff.

Section 301 Tariff on List 3 Increases; Exclusion Process Proposed [Alert]

May 28, 2019

Tom Wallrich and Kristi Zentner discuss the USTR’s May 9 announcement that results in a 25 percent increased duty rate on all relevant goods that are exported from China on or after May 10, 2019, or that enter the United States after June 1, 2019.

In The News

Cozen O’Connor’s Heather Marx named to The American Lawyer’s 2021 Midwest Trailblazers list

April 20, 2021

Heather Marx, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation practice and vice-chair of the firm’s Trade Remedies practice, has been named to The American Lawyer’s 2021 inaugural list of Midwest Trailblazers.

Breaking the Ice: Trade practice grows as trade wars escalate

October 30, 2019

Heather Marx was featured in the Minnesota Lawyer discussing her practice along with her life outside of the office.


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