LAURA SIEGEL RABINOWITZ
Special Counsel
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LAURA SIEGEL RABINOWITZ Special Counsel
Laura Siegel Rabinowitz has extensive experience in handling international trade projects for a wide range of clients, including multinational importers, exporters, retailers, manufacturers, customs brokers and freight forwarders, among others.  Laura’s extensive experience covers navigating the new tariffs on Chinese-made products and the broad array of commercial and enforcement laws and policies administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including trade compliance and audit programs, as well as duty savings initiatives such as Free Trade agreements and the use of “first sale.”

In addition, Laura advises on the enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duties.  She also counsels clients regarding tariff classification, valuation, entry procedures, antiterrorism initiatives, marking and penalty defense.  Moreover, Laura advises on other import requirements administered by federal agencies (such as the FDA, CPSC, EPA and the like), and involving the health and safety of imported goods.

Clients appreciate Laura’s depth of knowledge regarding global customs law.  Her ability to consistently make the right strategic decision and in-depth understanding of the complexity of supply chains bring her clients back again and again, to serve as their trusted advisor.

In addition to carefully listening to what each client specifically needs, Laura has proven time and again that she can navigate through and beyond the maze of regulations, customs and other government agency scrutiny.  She is known for solutions that are not only understandable, but also practical, actionable and that parallel her clients’ business objectives.

With nearly two decades of private practice, Laura served as an attorney with the U.S. Customs’ Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel, where she represented Customs in its litigation in the Court of International Trade.  Laura brings this hands-on experience and insider agency perspective to every client matter in which she is involved.  A former president of the New York chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade, Laura currently serves as chair of the Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Committee for the American Association of Exporters and Importers.
 
Represented a public company and importer of commodities in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection audit.

Represented a large U.S. exporter of furniture in a Canada Border Services Agency investigation into NAFTA violations.

Represented a large importer of pumps and valves in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation covering valuation, classification, antidumping, and NAFTA issues.

Counseled numerous importers of consumer products, outdoor power equipment, and apparel in establishing the duty savings program, “first sale.”

Represented a major importer of auto industry parts in the Section 301 exclusion process.

Represented a major retailer in the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process.

Represented a public company in numerous prior disclosures before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, regarding the misclassification of its merchandise.

Represented a public company in several prior disclosures before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the parameters of scope rulings.

Represented a major health and beauty company on a detention of its merchandise in violation of FDA regulations.

Represented a large public company and importer of textbooks and other educational materials in a compliance review and the filing of prior disclosures with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on the undervaluation of its merchandise at entry.

Assisted a large importer of furniture in a compliance review of the classification, valuation and marking of its merchandise.

Represented a major importer of pipe parts in a prior disclosure before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on the misclassification of its merchandise.
 
Named as a recognized practitioner by Chambers USA in the International Trade: Customs area, 2017-2018.
 
Textiles, Apparel, and Footwear Committee for the American Association of Exporters and Importers, chair

Organization of Women in International Trade

“Practical Trade & Customs Strategies,”  published by World Trade Executive (Thomson Reuters), member advisory board

American Bar Association, International Trade Section

Customs and International Trade Bar Association

U.S. Fashion Industry Association
 

About

Laura Siegel Rabinowitz has extensive experience in handling international trade projects for a wide range of clients, including multinational importers, exporters, retailers, manufacturers, customs brokers and freight forwarders, among others.  Laura’s extensive experience covers navigating the new tariffs on Chinese-made products and the broad array of commercial and enforcement laws and policies administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including trade compliance and audit programs, as well as duty savings initiatives such as Free Trade agreements and the use of “first sale.”

In addition, Laura advises on the enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duties.  She also counsels clients regarding tariff classification, valuation, entry procedures, antiterrorism initiatives, marking and penalty defense.  Moreover, Laura advises on other import requirements administered by federal agencies (such as the FDA, CPSC, EPA and the like), and involving the health and safety of imported goods.

Clients appreciate Laura’s depth of knowledge regarding global customs law.  Her ability to consistently make the right strategic decision and in-depth understanding of the complexity of supply chains bring her clients back again and again, to serve as their trusted advisor.

In addition to carefully listening to what each client specifically needs, Laura has proven time and again that she can navigate through and beyond the maze of regulations, customs and other government agency scrutiny.  She is known for solutions that are not only understandable, but also practical, actionable and that parallel her clients’ business objectives.

With nearly two decades of private practice, Laura served as an attorney with the U.S. Customs’ Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel, where she represented Customs in its litigation in the Court of International Trade.  Laura brings this hands-on experience and insider agency perspective to every client matter in which she is involved.  A former president of the New York chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade, Laura currently serves as chair of the Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Committee for the American Association of Exporters and Importers.
 

Experience

Represented a public company and importer of commodities in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection audit.

Represented a large U.S. exporter of furniture in a Canada Border Services Agency investigation into NAFTA violations.

Represented a large importer of pumps and valves in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation covering valuation, classification, antidumping, and NAFTA issues.

Counseled numerous importers of consumer products, outdoor power equipment, and apparel in establishing the duty savings program, “first sale.”

Represented a major importer of auto industry parts in the Section 301 exclusion process.

Represented a major retailer in the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process.

Represented a public company in numerous prior disclosures before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, regarding the misclassification of its merchandise.

Represented a public company in several prior disclosures before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the parameters of scope rulings.

Represented a major health and beauty company on a detention of its merchandise in violation of FDA regulations.

Represented a large public company and importer of textbooks and other educational materials in a compliance review and the filing of prior disclosures with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on the undervaluation of its merchandise at entry.

Assisted a large importer of furniture in a compliance review of the classification, valuation and marking of its merchandise.

Represented a major importer of pipe parts in a prior disclosure before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on the misclassification of its merchandise.
 

Honors

Named as a recognized practitioner by Chambers USA in the International Trade: Customs area, 2017-2018.
 

Memberships

Textiles, Apparel, and Footwear Committee for the American Association of Exporters and Importers, chair

Organization of Women in International Trade

“Practical Trade & Customs Strategies,”  published by World Trade Executive (Thomson Reuters), member advisory board

American Bar Association, International Trade Section

Customs and International Trade Bar Association

U.S. Fashion Industry Association