Duty Management

For importers, customs duties can be a major expense. Whether you are importing significant quantities of products with a negligible duty rate, or importing merchandise with exorbitant anti-dumping or countervailing duties, every importer strives to minimize its duties payments to reduce the overall cost of doing business.

Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph has significant experience in counseling its clients on duty management strategies with a goal to reduce – or even eliminate – customs duties.

We can design business strategies that involve taking advantage of special trade programs or duty drawback transactions. We can also help you explore how bonded facilities and Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) can lower your business costs while helping you expand into overseas markets.

In addition to advising clients on duty management strategies, the litigators and international law specialists at Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph can also assist companies with obtaining advisory opinions and binding rulings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other agencies regulating imports, so as to add an element of certainty into our clients’ import operations. And when clients receive adverse decisions from CBP or the International Trade Administration (ITA) involving duty rates or anti-dumping or countervailing duties (ADD/CVD), our attorneys can help companies fight those decisions to advocate for your best business interests.

Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph has had experience dealing with:

  • Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  • Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)
  • Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA)
  • Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA)
  • Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA)
  • Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA)


as well as bilateral trade agreements involving:

  • Colombia
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Korea
  • Singapore
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