Overview

Our International Trade practice group is dedicated to helping clients meet the challenges of the global economy.

Clients turn to us for our experience taking advantage of global market opportunities and avoiding liability under international trade rules. We advise domestic and foreign clients on a broad range of U.S. laws and programs affecting trade in goods and services (imports and exports) and foreign investment. We also represent clients in international trade negotiations and disputes, and assist them with trade policy matters.

We help clients that import or export goods or services avoid many problems, including:

  • Civil and criminal penalties (fines and prison time)
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Intellectual property theft
  • Tariffs, quotas and other market barriers

Importing or exporting products also raises concerns related to transportation. Our International Trade team works hand in hand with our Transportation lawyers to provide a holistic approach to assisting clients in getting their goods where they need to go. Visit our Transportation pages to learn more about how we can assist you.

We use international trade rules to help clients level the global playing field by increasing access to foreign markets or remedying unfair trade practices at home. We provide strategic advice on a wide range of issues:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Enforcement actions
  • Agency investigations
  • Court litigation
  • World Trade Organization and Free Trade Agreement negotiations and dispute settlement
  • Lobbying the U.S. and other governments

Our international trade team has extensive experience counseling U.S. and foreign businesses as well as trade associations and government entities on issues related to a wide range of industries, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Aircraft
  • Aircraft engines
  • Automobiles/Auto parts
  • Chemicals
  • Computer software and technology
  • Consumer products
  • Defense services and related products
  • Electronics
  • Financial Institutions
  • Footwear
  • Green goods
  • Industrial equipment and machinery
  • Juvenile products
  • Lumber, wood and paper products
  • Medical supplies
  • Mining
  • Military products and services
  • Packaged food
  • Packaging
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Primary metal industries
  • School and office supplies
  • Scientific and medical supplies
  • Semiconductors
  • Textiles and Apparel

We represent some of the most significant producers, importers and exporters in these industries.

The following are links to the firm’s international trade-related articles and publications. For the latest news and policy developments, please visit our blog, ThompsonHineSmarTrade.com.To receive an email notification whenever a new blog post is published, please subscribe to the blog.