Miller & Chevalier’s Customs and Import Trade practice helps companies navigate the maze of import-related requirements enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and customs administrations worldwide.  Our team includes a former Chief Counsel of CBP and several former CBP Headquarters attorneys, and our clients span a broad range of industries. 
 

  • Compliance Counseling. We offer practical advice on the full range of import-related matters spanning from the "nuts and bolts" (including tariff classification, valuation, country-of-origin marking and preference program-eligibility determinations) to developing industry-leading compliance programs.  Leveraging our network of proven trade professionals in key markets around the globe, we are able to advise our clients on foreign customs matters, if the need arises.
  • Customs Enforcement. We defend companies in customs enforcement proceedings, including civil and criminal penalty actions, import/export seizures, free trade agreement verifications and audits.  When a company independently discovers an error in its import transactions, we advise and assist in evaluating the matter and in preparing voluntary (prior) disclosures to CBP and the U.S. Department of Commerce, greatly reducing, or eliminating, monetary penalties for violations.
  • Audits. When a client is targeted for an audit – such as a Focused Assessment or Qe Audit – we assist both by managing the audit process and by developing compliance resources that mitigate the clients’ risk of non-compliance with the customs laws.
  • Duty-Saving Programs. We counsel clients on how to minimize the cost of importing merchandise by utilizing duty-savings programs, including free trade agreements, duty drawback, foreign trade zones (FTZs), the "First Sale" rule in customs valuation and temporary duty-suspension legislation.
  • Anti-Dumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) Orders. We handle a variety of issues relating to the imposition and enforcement of AD/CVD orders, including evaluating scope issues, requesting scope rulings, determining proper cash deposit rates and managing any related enforcement actions.
  • Customs Litigation. As duty rates have declined and litigation costs have increased, we often counsel clients not to litigate classification and value issues.  However, when litigation has been a reasonable option, our team has a track record of success before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in litigating import-related disputes.
  • Voluntary Partnership Programs. We help companies prepare for membership and comply with the eligibility requirements of voluntary partnership programs with CBP such as the Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the Trusted Trader Program and the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs).
  • Designing and assisting with the implementation of internal customs compliance programs for U.S.-based multinational companies. 
  • Representing a major importer of natural oils in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade in a tariff classification matter resulting in a significant duty refund. 
  • Assisting companies in the electronics, petroleum refining and automotive sectors with their applications, review by CBP, acceptance, and continued participation in the C-TPAT and the ISA program. 
  • Conducting an internal compliance assessment on the FTZ operations of a major auto parts importer.
  • Investigating potential customs violations and preparing significant prior disclosures for clients in the consumer products, railway, petroleum, high-tech, machine tools, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. 
  • Advising and representing a major air courier with respect to liquidated damage claims and in obtaining a major legislative change affecting user fees. 
  • Advising and representing petroleum, chemical, and wine importers before CBP and TTB with respect to obtaining drawback and the recently enacted legislation that simplified the drawback law. 
  • Representing a major camera and optical goods company in establishing its right to use the “first sale” rule with respect to goods imported from a related company. 
  • Successfully petitioning for tariff relief under the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) for products imported by a kitchen appliance company and a major camera and optical goods company. 
  • Assisting a Japanese electric utility company obtain an extension of time to re-export fuel assemblies covered by an AD/CVD order pursuant to Changed Circumstances Review. 
  • Conducting import-focused due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions for companies in the healthcare, defense and pharmaceutical industries. 
  • Counseling a medical device company on the rules of origin applicable to government procurement contracts under the Buy American Act (BAA), the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 
  • Serving as customs counsel to major trade associations.
  • General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service (now U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
  • Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service (now U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
  • Assistant Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service (now U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
  • Chief Economist, Office of Policy, Import Administration (now Enforcement and Compliance), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Special Advisor, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, Executive Office of the President
  • Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, Executive Office of the President
  • Trial Attorney, Counterintelligence and Export Controls Section, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Counsel, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Attorney-Advisor, Office of International Trade - Regulations & Rulings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Chambers Global: International Trade (United States), 2005 - 2015
  • Chambers USA: International Trade (National), 2005 - 2014
  • Latinvex: Top 10 Latin American FCPA & Fraud Firm, 2015 - 2017
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: International Trade (US), 2011, 2013 - 2018
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": International Trade and Finance Law (National), 2011 - 2018
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": International Trade and Finance Law (District of Columbia), 2011 - 2018
11.12.2018
Speaking Engagement

Richard Mojica will speak on the BWG Strategy Trade War & Tariff Outlook Conference Call on November 12, 2018. The subjects of discussion will be: