We help companies identify business solutions and structure their transactions to facilitate the importation of merchandise, ensure regulatory compliance, minimize duties, and eliminate Customs penalty exposure. Of particular relevance to fashion companies is our deep experience in representing clients in forced labor enforcement actions, focused assessments, importer self-assessments, investigations, and penalty proceedings involving Customs and Border Protection. We assist clients with supply chain due diligence, including identifying and addressing forced labor risks, and work with them to ensure that all regulatory requirements are observed and that adequate policies and procedures are in place. We also help fashion houses navigate the very complex rules relating to country of origin and valuation (including the so-called “first sale rule”). ArentFox Schiff also has significant worldwide experience in drafting international corporate documents to minimize the risks on the foreign corporate parent, including related to transfer pricing issues.
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