International Trade Law





  • Licensed Customs Brokerage Specialist. Dependable and reachable 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year.
  • Lightning Fast Customs Clearance for Freight Forwarders, Importers  and Exporters utilizing the latest Automated Broker Interface (ABI)  technology.
  • International Trade Research / Customized Reporting.
  • Import research and consulting. Know everything about the  admissibility requirements for the items you are importing before it  gets to the United States. Avoid potential delays and unforeseen costs.
  • Classification issues, duty rates, binding rulings, protests, product disagreement and resolution issues.
  • ALL OGA and Import requirements are handled. Including FDA Prior notice and registration number requirements.

A more detailed list of our Customs focus areas include but are not limited to:

  • Responsibilities of Importers (Modernization Act)
  • General Rules of Interpretation (GRI)
  • Tariff Classification  
  • Country of Origin Marking
  • Fines Penalties and Forfeitures
  • Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ)
  • Entry/Entry Summary Requirements
  • Customs Bonds (SEB and CB)
  • Power of Attorney
  • Bonded Warehouses
  • Examination of Merchandise
  • Prohibited and Restricted Merchandise
  • Special Classes of Merchandise
  • Anti-Dumping Duty (ADD)
  • Counterveiling Duty (CVD)
  • Quotas
  • Transportation In Bond (I.T.)
  • Temporary Imports Under Bond (TIB)
  • Carnets
  • In-Bond Entries & Procedures
  • Liquidation of Entries
  • US Goods Exported and Returned
  • Administrative Review
  • Notice of Action
  • Re-liquidation of Entry
  • Protests & Administrative Rulings
  • Duty Drawback
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA)
  • Caribbean Trade Partnership Act (CTPA)
  • African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  • Israel Free Trade Act (IL)
  • Generalized System of Preference (GSP)
  • Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPDEA)
  • Products of Freely Associated States (FAS)
  • Products of Insular Possessions (USIP)
  • Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)
  • US Chile Free Trade Agreement (CL)
  • Moroccan Free Trade Agreement (MA)
  • Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SG)
  • Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (BR)
  • Jordan Free Trade Agreement (JO)
  • Australian Free Trade Agreement (AFTA)

Companies engaging in international trade face ever changing, complex  regulatory requirements in addition to the constant internal and  external pressures facing most businesses. At Michael S. Cooke, CHB we  strive to help importers address these challenges, by minimizing the  risks associated with importing and maximizing the opportunities to make  the process more efficient and thus, more profitable.

In our  daily operations, we accomplish this through our commitment to ensuring  compliance with U.S. Customs (CBP) and all U.S. government agencies  while going the extra mile to facilitate the expedited delivery of your  freight. To complement these efforts, Michael S. Cooke, CHB offers a  suite of services designed to further evaluate your company's import  operations and internal controls. Regardless of whether you require a  comprehensive review of your products, procedures and records or wish to  address very specific areas of concern, we can help you achieve your  goals with our understanding of U.S. regulations and best practices. We  will listen closely to your needs and will work to provide solutions  tailored to fit those needs.

Following is a general list of some of the consulting services we can provide:

U.S. Customs Compliance
The  passage of the Mod Act in 1993 redefined the role of the importer and  placed upon them the responsibility for using reasonable care to enter,  classify and determine the value of imported merchandise. An importer of  record's failure to exercise reasonable care can have significant short  term and long-term ramifications. By evaluating your operating policies  and procedures we can determine whether changes are required to bring  them into compliance and help you decide how often these policies and  procedures should be reviewed to minimize your risks.

One  of the responsibilities shifted to importers by the Mod Act was to  correctly determine the value of the merchandise being imported. We can  help you understand and evaluate the several methods that can be used to  appraise merchandise under 19 CFR 152 or review past documentation to  ensure the values assessed were appropriately determined.

Before  you import a new product it is critical to know the classification and  duty rate of the goods. While you could try to classify the goods  yourself, the complexities and density of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff  Schedule can make the task difficult and time consuming. As a licensed  United States Customs Broker, Michael S. Cooke, CHB, can do this task  for you, ensuring that your goods are properly classified. By doing this  for all past , present, and future importations, you add an additional  level of compliance to your products.

Product Dictionaries
In  addition to classification of new products, we have the ability to  perform an exhaustive review of your current product lines and catalogs  in order to build a product dictionary that can be used to expedite the  classification process on future importations.

Harmonized Tariff Schedule Research
In  some cases, minor changes made to a product being considered for  importation can have a significant impact on what rates of duty the item  will be charged or the admissibility requirements that it must comply  with. Michael S. Cooke, CHB can assist you into looking at these issues,  offering you some insight in to how you might be able to reduce the  duty or other cost impact on your items without effecting their use or  marketability.

Post Entry Amendments, Voluntary Disclosures & Protests
Unfortunately,  errors or discrepancies are sometimes discovered only after an entry  has been liquidated by Customs. If through the review of documentation  and consultation with you and/or your suppliers, it is determined that  additional information should be provided to Customs, we can help  generate and file the appropriate paperwork in an effort to minimize  and/or mitigate the impact of such findings.

Binding Rulings
In  the event that your goods are extremely unique and the correct  classification is not clear, Michael S. Cooke, CHB, has the ability to  request a Binding Ruling on your behalf as your Attorney in Fact from  U.S. Customs. In a Binding Ruling request, we provide documentation  describing the commodity in great detail while arguing for a particular  classification that we believe to be correct or presenting a question  for which we need an answer in order to determine the ultimate  classification. Once the ruling is secured, it can be used to clear the  items that it covers.

Michael S. Cooke, CHB will thoroughly  research your products admissibility requirements before importation. US  Customs Attorneys charge up to $400/hr for these services. And the  overwhelming majority of Customs Attorneys have no hands on experience  with the actual clearance process with U.S. Customs. This changes from  port to port.

Importers should only use a licensed U.S. Customs  Broker or U.S. Customs Attorney and not rely on US Customs (CBP) for  free advise, duty rates, product information or other admissibility  issues. US Customs Regulations and the Modernization Act dictate U.S.  Customs (CBP) ultimately, cannot be held legally accountable for any  advice given to an importer.

Please give us a call today for details.