• M.A. (International Studies)
    Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A.
    Duke University
    cum laude
French, Italian

Claire Rickard Palmer* is a Senior International Trade Consultant in the International Trade practice with more than 25 years of experience in a wide variety of international trade and business-related issues, concentrating in export and import-related regulatory matters.

On the import side, Ms. Palmer has decades of experience representing multinational businesses, U.S. importers and foreign governments before the U.S. Department of Commerce, Import Administration (renamed as Enforcement and Compliance) and the U.S. International Trade Commission in numerous U.S. AD and CVD law proceedings. She has represented clients in the steel, automotive, lumber, minerals and chemicals, plastics, agricultural and telecommunications sectors. Ms. Palmer also represents clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection involving Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) audits and reviews, investigations, and prior disclosures. She regularly assists companies with:

  • Participating in AD/CVD investigations and administrative reviews
  • Scope reviews to determine if products are included in an AD/CVD order
  • Reviewing company data to calculate company exposure to AD allegations
  • Import-related issues involving AD/CVD orders and tariff classifications

On the export side, Ms. Palmer has assisted numerous companies in a variety of industries (e.g., oil and gas, metals and manufacturing, firearms, electronics and lasers) with matters involving export controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions matters before the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), import restrictions and registration requirements administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and foreign investment review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). She supports anti-boycott compliance programs and FCPA investigations and compliance programs. She regularly assists companies before these U.S. government agencies with:

  • Complex investigations and voluntary self-disclosures
  • Classification and jurisdiction questions and submissions
  • Issues involving U.S. sanctions programs
  • Export compliance procedures and processes to help U.S. companies ensure they remain compliant with U.S. export control rules
  • Acquisition and divestitures involving national security concerns and foreign acquirers

Previously, Ms. Palmer served in Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she rose to the position of Chief Economist, Office of Policy. There, in addition to reviewing cross-cutting policy issues in AD/CVD investigations, she analyzed economic and policy aspects of U.S. and other countries’ trade laws and participated in numerous international and bilateral trade negotiations. Ms. Palmer also served as the international/agribusiness manager of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, promoting international/agribusiness in the Greater Kansas City area.

*Not a lawyer.

  • Chief Economist, Office of Policy, Import Administration (now Enforcement and Compliance), U.S. Department of Commerce, 1985 - 1987
  • Co-Chair, Trade Remedies Committee, The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, WIIT, 2013 - 2015 
  • Past Member, WIIT Charitable Trade Foundation, 2013 - 2015 
  • Member, WIIT 
  • Member, Society of International Affairs 
  • Member, Washington International Trade Association
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