Import/Export Law

Importers and exporters conducting international trade across U.S. borders face a host of compliance obligations and law enforcement risks. Our lawyers assist domestic and foreign companies with all federal import/export matters.

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For domestic and foreign companies engaged in international trade across U.S. borders, federal compliance needs to be a top priority. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other federal agencies strictly enforce the nation’s import and export control laws, and importers and exporters face a host of compliance obligations – and law enforcement risks – under other federal statutes as well. 

For importers and exporters, non-compliance can lead to administrative, civil, and criminal penalties. In order to avoid these penalties, importers and exporters need to make compliance a top priority, and they need to engage experienced defense counsel at the first sign of a federal audit or investigation.

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Dr. Nick Oberheiden
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John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice

Local Counsel

Joanne Fine DeLena
Joanne Fine DeLena

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney


Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former Federal Prosecutor

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (OIG)

Gamal Abdel-Hafiz
Gamal Abdel-Hafiz

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Chris Quick
Chris Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Kevin M. Sheridan
Kevin M. Sheridan

Former Special Agent (FBI)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Dennis A. Wichern
Dennis A. Wichern

Former Special Agent-in-Charge (DEA)

A Team of Federal Compliance and Defense Lawyers and Former Federal Agents Handling Import/Export Matters Nationwide

At Oberheiden, P.C., our federal compliance and defense lawyers represent U.S.-based and foreign companies in all import and export-related matters. Whether you have questions about U.S. federal customs and import trade regulations or you need help dealing with CBP or the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in relation to a restricted foreign party, our lawyers can help you understand your company’s options and obligations. If your company or one of your trade partners is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation, we can provide defense representation focused on preventing charges from being filed. 

In addition to our federal compliance and defense lawyers, many of whom are former federal prosecutors, our team also includes former high-ranking agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal law enforcement agencies. When advising our clients regarding import and export matters, we rely on our attorneys’ and former agents’ extensive federal experience to offer deep insights, custom-tailored strategies, and practical solutions designed to avoid federal scrutiny.

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Our Import and Export Compliance Services

On the compliance side, we counsel companies of all sizes with all types of import and export operations. Whether you are just getting into the business and need help building a compliance program from the ground up, or you need legal counsel to reevaluate and improve your company’s existing compliance efforts, we can offer a solution to meet your needs. 

U.S. Federal Import Compliance

With regard to federal import compliance, we offer representation for the development of internal policies and controls, auditing of current compliance efforts, evaluation of specific shipments and transactions, and adoption of new controls based on CBP rulings and other federal guidance. We offer these services with regard to matters including, but not limited to:

  • CBP Ruling Compliance
  • Customs Compliance and Training 
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Certification
  • Due Diligence Regarding Foreign Suppliers, Brokers and Other Third Parties
  • Duty Reduction Programs, Reconciliation Programs, Protests, and Exemptions
  • Exclusion Requests (Including Requests Under Section 232 and Section 301)
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Classification Compliance
  • Importer of Record (IOR) Agreements 
  • Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) Programs
  • Internal Audits and Investigations
  • NAFTA (USMCA) and Other Free Trade Agreement Compliance 
  • OFAC General and Specific Licenses
  • Prior Disclosures 
  • Software Licensing, Technology Transfers, and Other Special Compliance Issues 
  • Tariff Exclusion Requests

U.S. Federal Export Compliance

With regard to federal export compliance, we are available to assist companies in all industries with avoiding issues that have the potential to delay (or threaten) cross-border transactions and trigger scrutiny from CBP, OFAC, the FBI, and other federal agencies. We offer services ranging from legal advice for one-off transactions to full-scale, company-wide compliance. This includes compliance representation for matters such as: 

  • Automated Export System (AES) Filing Compliance 
  • Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Other Licensing Compliance 
  • CBP Notice Compliance and Response 
  • Commodity Classification Requests
  • Denied and Restricted Party Screening  
  • Detention and Seizure Policies and Practices
  • Embargo, Sanction, and Other OFAC Compliance Matters
  • Exception and Exemption Determinations and Compliance 
  • Export Classification Control Number (ECCN) Classifications 
  • Export Control Licensing
  • Export Trade Regulation Compliance 
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Compliance
  • Internal Audits and Investigations 
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Registrations, Notifications of Changes, and Classifications
  • Prior Disclosures
  • Software Licensing, Technology Transfers, and Other Special Compliance Issues 

Our Defense Representation for Federal Import/Export Matters

While proactive compliance is generally the best defense strategy, in certain situations, it is not possible to avoid scrutiny from federal authorities. If your business is under investigation by CBP, OFAC, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or any other federal law enforcement authority, it will be important for you to engage federal defense counsel promptly. 

In addition to providing full-service compliance representation, we also represent importers, exporters, and other business clients in federal law enforcement investigations. We offer nationwide defense representation for federal import/export audits and investigations under statutes and regulations including, but not limited to:

  • Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA)
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act (INTERDICT Act)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

We assist clients that have been served with federal subpoenas, target letters, civil investigative demands (CIDs), and all other forms of federal law enforcement inquiries. While much of our practice is devoted to representing clients at the investigative stage, we have extensive experience in federal grand jury proceedings, pre-trial practice, and civil and criminal trial litigation as well. 

Why Choose Oberheiden, P.C. for Import/Export Compliance or Defense?

Oberheiden, P.C. is a federal compliance and defense law firm that represents companies nationwide in import, export, and other federal matters. Our former federal prosecutors and agents distinguish us from other law firms, as does our extensive experience in the areas of federal compliance and defense. 

Import and export issues present unique challenges; and, as a result, they require a unique approach. At Oberheiden, P.C., we offer:

1. A Legal Team for Import/Export Matters

At Oberheiden, P.C., we don’t just tout our “team” of attorneys and former federal agents. Rather, we truly take a team approach to representing our clients. Each of our attorneys lends his or her unique knowledgebase to every matter we handle, and our former agents assist with audits and investigations on an as-needed basis when our clients can benefit from their specific areas of federal expertise. 

2. Comprehensive and Custom-Tailored Compliance Programs

We don’t offer our clients “off the shelf” compliance programs for a simple reason: They don’t work. In order for an import or export control compliance program to be effective, it must be custom-tailored to the company’s specific operations, trade partners, legal risks, and business needs. As your company’s import or export compliance counsel, we will ensure that you have the policies, procedures, protocols, and documentation you need to stay compliant on an ongoing basis. 

3. Proactive Defense Representation 

As federal defense counsel for import and export matters, we take a proactive approach to protecting our clients’ legal and financial interests. During audits and investigations, we focus on achieving a favorable result for our client before federal charges get filed. In federal import/export cases, even seemingly minor and inadvertent miscues can lead to substantial exposure. Whether your company is at risk for civil sanctions or your shareholders or executives are at risk for criminal prosecution, we can use our experience to protect you. 

4. 24/7 Nationwide Availability

We offer nationwide representation for import and export matters, and our attorneys and former agents are available 24/7. As our client, if you need to get in touch with us for any reason, we want you to contact us right away. If you are not a current client but you need legal representation on an emergency basis, our lawyers and former agents can get to work immediately and begin building your company’s compliance or defense strategy. 

5. Federal Experience Beyond Import/Export Regulations and Controls

While we offer deep insights for issues specific to federal import and export regulations and controls, this is far from all we do. Our practice encompasses numerous other areas of federal compliance and defense as well, including areas that are commonly implicated in import/export fraud investigations. For example, in criminal matters, company shareholders and executives will often face the risk of prosecution for money laundering, wire fraud, conspiracy, and other federal crimes. We have a proven record of success defending clients against these kinds of allegations, and we can use this experience to your advantage. 

Speak with a Federal Import/Export Lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C.

Regardless of your company’s needs, regardless of the urgency, and regardless of how much is at stake, our team of attorneys and former agents is at the ready. We can advise you, represent you, and advocate for a favorable result on your company’s behalf regardless of the circumstances at hand. Contact us today to learn more about our practice, and let us show you how we can use our deep knowledge and vast experience in complex federal matters to your company’s advantage. 

Would you like to speak with a federal import/export lawyer? If so, we encourage you to get in touch. For a free and confidential case assessment, call 888-680-1745 or request a call online now. 

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