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Morris, Manning & Martin’s International Trade Practice represents clients on a broad range of issues arising under U.S. law and international trade agreements. We work with clients across the globe to provide representation, advocacy, analysis, and advice on all aspects of international trade regulation matters. Our team offers a full range of legal services and public policy representation before the federal agencies, U.S. courts, U.S. Congress, and multilateral trade bodies. We also represent clients involved in significant trade disputes--many involving important political implications.
Our attorneys and professionals are among the industry’s most respected and experienced in matters of international trade law. As a result, the MMM International Trade Practice is ranked in the Global edition of Chambers and Partners, a leading professional services publication.
The International Trade Practice Group represents clients in trade negotiations and trade actions before:
Our attorneys have been involved in hundreds of U.S. trade remedy proceedings over the last 25 years, including antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations, suspension agreements, unfair import practices (Section 301 and Section 337), and "escape clause" or "safeguard" (Section 201) actions, on behalf of domestic and foreign corporations, state-owned enterprises, and foreign governments. Recent cases include:
Our activities have included both counseling and litigating with respect to trade-related matters, including proceedings in several landmark international trade cases on behalf of major multinational corporations. In particular, members of the International Trade Practice Group have counseled U.S. corporations, foreign corporations, and foreign governments on trade agreement negotiations. These include: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), and the Uruguay Round negotiations of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Members of the International Trade Practice Group have also appeared before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee to testify regarding trade matters involving various industries. The group advises clients on NAFTA-related opportunities, including detailed analyses of issues on rules of origin, tariff concessions, maquiladora operations, drawback and other key issues in the context of NAFTA's effects on North American facilities of multinational businesses.
The International Trade Practice Group has the following representative matters involving China:
Our International Trade Practice extends to all aspects of the World Trade Organization (WTO), including negotiations and Panel and Appellate Body proceedings regarding the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and other WTO agreements. Our attorneys have represented and counseled governments in a host of WTO Panel and Appellate Body proceedings.
We have litigated several important WTO cases, including cases conducted in the official WTO languages of English and Spanish. We have represented or advised: the Republic of Korea in its successful challenge to the U.S. safeguard measures on steel; the Republic of Argentina in its successful challenge to Chile's price-band mechanism and safeguard measures on certain agricultural products; and the Republic of Korea in its successful challenge to the U.S. safeguard measures on line pipe.
Morris, Manning & Martin also advises companies, industry coalitions and governments on rights and obligations under the various WTO agreements. Our attorneys provide assistance ranging from commenting on draft submissions to constructing and implementing strategies for entire proceedings to conducting oral argument on behalf of client governments before the WTO Panels and the Appellate Body. Customization is key in WTO dispute settlement representations; we work as part of a team established by the client government, tailoring each representation to the specific matter and any related budget constraints.
Our International Trade Practice Group has expertise in representing and advising governments and industries in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. We have been active in negotiations with the United States government on behalf of foreign governments, industries and multinational corporations. Our experience has garnered unique insights into the strategies and approaches of different nations around the world.
In addition to negotiations, we can help clients resolve disputes arising under agreements. Our attorneys have successfully represented and counseled governments, industries and multinationals in trade disputes under key multilateral and bilateral agreements. We have assisted in achieving our clients’ goals in a variety of disputes, including dumping, subsidies, customs and intellectual property in a wide range of sensitive industry sectors, such as textiles, steel and automobiles.
The International Trade Practice Group provides advice and counsel to U.S. importers with regard to a wide variety of matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) including classification, valuation, country of origin marking, investigations and rulings, homeland security regulations, "gray market" goods, requests for classification, as well as valuation rulings. Morris, Manning & Martin attorneys represent large international manufacturers in enforcement and penalty actions commenced by CBP and have litigated disputes before the U.S. Court of International Trade. Members of the International Trade Practice Group also counsel clients on other customs matters such as applications for special treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the establishment and operation of foreign trade zones and bonded warehouses. We have been involved in several scope proceedings before Commerce regarding the coverage of AD/CVD cases.
The International Trade Practice Group has substantial experience representing clients directly and assessing cases for their impact on related industries in Section 337 Investigations before the ITC.
In addition to advising clients on technical aspects and applications of U.S. trade and export control laws, our International Trade Practice Group provides clients with guidance on all aspects of political and policy developments in Congress and the Executive Branch related to trade and transportation. Our attorneys have diverse backgrounds and experience, but have one thing in common - they know how Washington, D.C. works and how to advance a client's objectives and business goals. Members of the International Trade Practice Group maintain extensive contacts with key government officials and staff members which allow for quick and meaningful access to influential policy makers.
Members of the International Trade Practice Group assist clients with trade regulation matters before the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, Homeland Security, and Defense. This representation includes counsel and advice on necessary appropriate governmental reviews and approvals and compliance with U.S. export and import laws, including the Arms Export Control Act, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Act of 1979, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other matters under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), and the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA). We also counsel clients on country-specific trade sanctions/trade embargo regulations and provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Our attorneys have worked closely with clients to implement corporate compliance programs covering the transportation of goods, services, or technology to or from the United States.
The International Trade Practice Group serves clients in conjunction with the firm's substantial international practice in other areas, including international elements of the firm’s Asia Practice, Intellectual Property and IP Litigation Practice, Timberland Practice, and Corporate Practice. The Group regularly advises clients with respect to transnational investments and financings, international taxation, foreign investment and national security clearances, intellectual property, and international arbitration.