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CUSTOMS & INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW

When our clients reach the stage of rolling out their brands internationally or start manufacturing products themselves, they often require guidance around international trade agreements and protocols.

FAL has extensive experience in private and corporate legal practice in the area of Customs and International Trade Law, acting on behalf of manufacturers, technology companies, importers, exporters, customs brokers and freight forwarders.

One of the members of the firm was part of an in-house counsel with a specialised national semi-government entity, has acted as in-house counsel to a national customs broker and freight forwarder, and was a senior advisor in a specialised trade consultancy practice. He also lectured and tutored in trade law, trade practices and marketing law at RMIT University.

We advise on the following types of matters:

  • Customs/anti-dumping enquiries concerning importation of products and consumer goods
  • Overseas Customs audit of manufacturers’ costs and prices
  • Structuring of purchase contracts, royalties and buying commissions to minimize the Customs value of goods
  • International distribution agreements
  • Tariff Concession Orders
  • Product recalls
  • Disputes regarding valuation of goods
  • Disputes regarding refund of overpaid customs duty
  • Concessional relief available for infrastructure projects under the Enhanced Project By Law scheme
  • Government assistance schemes for manufacturers and exporters including Export Market Development Grants and export finance
Significant matters

Our lawyers advised a major international chemicals company on the regulation of components and products for agricultural herbicides.

FAL acted for a major importer in relation to reviews of Customs’ decisions to refuse Tariff Concession Orders, including internal review and administrative law review

Our lawyers advised a company about registration, compliance, enforcement and recalls in relation to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)

Our lawyers acted for a major importer in relation to disputes with a shipping company over loss and damage to goods in transit and detention of goods.