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International Trade Compliance and Enforcement

To succeed in today’s increasingly challenging and competitive global economy, companies must comply with constantly evolving international trade regulations.  Such regulations relate to, among other things:

  • export and technology transfer controls set forth under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR);
  • economic sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC);
  • import laws enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP);
  • international intellectual property rights enforcement, including Section 337 investigations conducted under the auspices of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC);
  • trade remedy proceedings (e.g., antidumping duty and countervailing duty cases);
  • anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act;
  • regulation of foreign investment by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); and
  • antiboycott laws administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security and the Treasury Department.

Shipman & Goodwin attorneys possess considerable experience in each of these areas.  We help clients navigate U.S. export controls and economic sanctions by advising on export licensing issues, including the classification of products and technologies and the determination of licensing requirements and exception and exemption options for specific transactions.  We also assist clients on U.S. Customs matters, including those relating to classification, valuation, and country of origin issues, and we seek to identify duty savings strategies when doing so.

In addition, we work with clients in developing, implementing, and auditing export and import compliance programs and taking corrective actions, including the submission of voluntary self-disclosures to U.S. Government (USG) agencies, when necessary.

In the event of a criminal investigation, we vigorously represent clients and ensure that their interests are effectively protected.  Shipman & Goodwin attorneys also conduct internal investigations into import, export, sanctions, FCPA, and other issues.

Shipman & Goodwin attorneys are well-known in the trade community.  They appear before the U.S. Court of International Trade, serve on the American Bar Association's International Trade Committee, and speak regularly on trade compliance and enforcement issues at conferences and seminars. 


October 4, 2017  New Sanctions Against North Korea Issued by the United States
March 10, 2017  ABA Section of International Law International Trade Committee Newsletter
August 29, 2016  Compliance Conundrum -- Unauthorized Exports v. Discrimination: Find a Win in a Lose-Lose Scenario
February 8, 2016  Changes to Iran Sanctions Provide a Few Business Opportunities, but Many Hurdles
October 1, 2015  Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program
May 29, 2015  Conn. Firm Wins National Award for Facilitating Exports
January 9, 2015  U.S. Companies Must Temper Expectations for Changing Cuba Policies
July 2014  Space Industry: Changes to the USML and CCL
July 10, 2014  Enforcement Likely to Rise Following Implementation of Export Reform
July 9, 2014  Recent Trade Agreements Strengthen the Relationship Between the United States and Morocco
January 28, 2014  Year Of The Sting: Criminal Export Enforcement In 2013
January 23, 2014  Compliance Tips for Entering the Turkish Market
December 4, 2013  Imminent Changes to the U.S. Munitions and Commerce Control Lists Require Attention
December 4, 2013  OFAC Fines Alabama Financial Institution $19,125 for Violating the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations
December 4, 2013  Weatherford International Agrees to Pay $253 Million to Settle Alleged Violations of Export Controls Regulations
October 2, 2013  Aerospace Manufacturers: Imminent Changes to the U.S. Munitions and Commerce Control Lists Require Attention
September 17, 2013  State Department's Back-To-Back Multi-Million Dollar Settlements Emphasize Liabilities for Improper Export Jurisdiction Determinations
September 13, 2013  Illegal Arms Export Scheme Implicates American Law Enforcement Officers
July 10, 2013  Chinese Regulators and Law Enforcement Officials Expand Oversight of Foreign Companies and Personnel
March 8, 2012  Proposed CIT Jurisdiction Legislation Unveiled
April 3, 2009  Customs Border Protection Increases Seizure of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods in 2008


August 17, 2017  Webinar: Export Controls in the Cloud
August 10, 2017  Webinar: Deemed Exports and Utilizing Research Universities
August 1, 2017  Webinar: Considerations for Exporting to China
July 27, 2017  Webinar: Site Visits, Enforcement Actions and Voluntary Disclosures
July 20, 2017  Webinar: Destination Control Statements
June 15, 2017  Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What Every Company Doing Business Abroad Needs to Know - Two Views on Corruption (FCPA)
June 8, 2017  Webinar: Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
November 8, 2016  Webinar: Update your Destination Control Statement (DCS)
October 11, 2016  Webinar: Compliance Conundrum--Unauthorized Exports v. Discrimination
June 12-14, 2016  Legal Aspects of Trade: What is at Risk, Why Do We Care, What are We Doing About it?
March 17, 2016  The International Concerns of Global Business in Aerospace and Defense
January 15, 2016  Grow Your Software Sales Globally: Opportunities, Challenges and Regulatory Issues
November 8-10, 2015   2015 Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit
June 15, 2015  CBA 2015 Connecticut Legal Conference
May 13, 2015   Webinar: Considerations for Exporting to China - 051315
May 12, 2015   Webinar: Site Visits, Enforcement Actions and Voluntary Disclosures - 051215
April 30, 2015  Webinar: Legal Consideration and Best Practices for Developing an Effective Cybersecurity Strategy
April 23, 2015   Webinar: FCPA: What Every Company Doing Business Abroad Needs to Know
April 15, 2015   Webinar: Complying with U.S. Economic Sanctions and Trade Embargoes
April 7, 2015   Webinar: Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - 040715
September 21-23, 2014  Aerospace & Defense International Trade Summit
June 12, 2014  Webinar: Transmitting Technology, Commodities and Software - How U.S. Export Controls Impact Universities and Research Institutions
February 13, 2014  Webinar: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Briefing
January 23, 2014  Turkish Trade Day: Opportunities in Aerospace & Medical Sectors
January 16, 2014  Roundtable - Supply Chain Opportunities in the UK Aerospace Market
January 28, 2013  Canadian Oil Sands Event
January 17, 2013  FCPA: What Every Company Doing Business Abroad Needs To Know
June 11, 2012  China Trade Day
February 3, 2012  ITAR & EAR: Understanding and Complying with US Export Controls
October 21, 2011  Poland Trade Day
October 4, 2011  Export Documentation Basics
April 28, 2011  Tele-Briefing: Latest Enforcement And Reform Developments Of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
January 24, 2011  Brazil Trade Day
December 3, 2010  Webinar: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Briefing
November 3, 2010  Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Briefing: What Every Company Doing Business Abroad Needs to Know
October 8, 2010  2010 District of Connecticut Bench-Bar Conference
May 11, 2010  Join Congressman Jim Himes and the U.S. Department of Commerce for an Important Roundtable
April 21-23, 2010  SBIR 2010 National Conference: Partner for Profit
January 27, 2009  Understanding US Export Controls: The Basics
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