Customs and International Trade Law Firm in Washington, DC
Other Offices: Dallas, TX
Law Firm OverviewTorres Law, PLLC is a customs and global trade compliance firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas and with an appointment-only office in Washington, DC. Our practice areas include customs, exports, sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-boycott laws, and industrial security.
We have broad experience with numerous agencies governing trade in the United States and strategic relationships with attorneys throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. With an extensive understanding of today’s global trade environment and business needs, we assist clients with the import and export of goods, services, and technology to maximize compliance with various laws and regulations.
Our firm provides trade law support for clients ranging from small importers and exporters to large multi-national corporations and government agencies, as well as assisting larger law firms with complex trade matters. We serve clients in many industries, such as aerospace and aviation, computers and electronics, cyber security and data processing, energy and power, and many more.
Languages: English, Spanish, French.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Sanctions Law; Anti-Corruption Compliance (FCPA); Industrial Security.
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On August 14, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued its first notification of final determination of antidumping duties (“ADD”) evasion pursuant to the Enforce and Protect Act (“EAPA”).Read Article
What to expect during a visit from the agencies and best practices to prepare for them.Read Article
Aside from one last mid-January initiative by the Obama Administration to begin rolling back sanctions targeting Sudan, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") was quiet at the start of 2017 and during the first 100 days of the transition.Read Article
On June 30, 2007, the United States signed a historic free trade agreement with South Korea. The Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (“KORUS”), like most FTAs in which the U.S. is engaged, eliminates “tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade in goods and services” between the two countries in an effort to enhance trade and promote economic growth.Read Article
In 2009, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published guidelines that govern the enforcement and mitigation of civil penalties for companies and other entities that fail to comply with the Foreign Trade Regulations (“FTR”) in 15 C.F.R. § 30.Read Article
Many importers will discover at some point that products they import may be subject to anti-dumping duties (“ADD”) or countervailing duties (“CVD”). With the new Trump administration appearing to take a very aggressive tone toward unfair trade practices by foreign competitors, particularly China, there may soon be an increase in ADD/CVD orders and enforcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs” or “CBP”).Read Article
In 2016, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP” or “Customs”) processed $2.28 trillion in imports, levying 13 monetary penalties totaling over $30.6 million on importers for fraud, gross negligence, and negligence for anti-dumping/countervailing duty (“AD/CVD”) violations.Read Article
In August 2013, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) published an interim final rule that clarified some aspects of the requirement for broker registration under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”).Read Article
On June 3, 2016, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) both published in the Federal Register final rules updating a number of definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) (81 Fed. Reg. 35,586) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) (81 Fed. Reg. 35,611), respectively.Read Article
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP” or “Customs”) determines the import compliance levels of importers through audits. Simultaneously, Customs audits are a highly effective revenue collection mechanism that ensure CBP promotes fair trade practices for American industry. The following article provides a general overview of customs audits and recent developments in this area.Read Article
The United Kingdom’s (“UK”) 40-year relationship with the European Union (“EU”) is ending due to the historic British vote to leave the EU on June 23, 2016. Given the UK’s decision to leave, any company doing business in the UK or with the UK must monitor potential trade issues that will arise as a result of Britain’s exit, now commonly referred to as Brexit. This article briefly outlines the Brexit’s potential implications on trade.Read Article
One objective of the Export Control Reform Initiative is to harmonize the definitions of terms or concepts that appear in both the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).Read Article
Compliance with the U.S. export control regulations is a significant issue for companies and their legal and compliance teams.Read Article
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its creation of a new pilot program designed to encourage companies to voluntarily self-disclose Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in exchange for penalty mitigation.Read Article
On February 19, 2014 President Obama signed executive order 13659. This executive order titled “Streamlining the Export/Import Process for American Businesses” was implemented to modernize and simplify the way executive governments and agencies interact with traders.Read Article
The United States government has maintained for some time a strict economic sanctions regime targeting Iran and a comprehensive embargo targeting Cuba. Both of these regimes were designed to deny those countries access to the U.S. financial system by generally prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in nearly any transaction involving Iran or Cuba and their nationals.Read Article
Initially introduced in April 2015, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (the Act), also known as the Customs Reauthorization Bill, was finally enacted in February 2016.Read Article