Offering years of experience in customs and international trade law and a deep understanding of global supply chains

The Suarez Firm helps clients take the risk out of international commerce. After a dramatic shift in U.S. trade policy, importers have felt the pain of extra tariffs and uncertainty in their international business. The Suarez Firm helps clients understand what to expect next and to adjust their business transactions to minimize costs and mitigate the risk of penalties or other enforcement actions by customs authorities.

How the Trump Administration’s Trade Policy affects your international business and what you can do about it?

The Trump Administration’s aim of remaking global trade is fully underway. White House officials describe their new approach as “bold, creative and disruptive.” Over the past year, we have witnessed the imposition of tariffs not only against imports from China but also against steel and aluminum from our traditional allies…

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U.S. Automotive Industry Needs Free Trade – Discussion

I am honored to be included in the upcoming discussion “U.S. Automotive Industry Needs Free Trade” at Heritage Foundation on October 23, 2018.

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Update on Product Exclusion Requests for Section 232 Duties

On September 11, 2018, the Commerce Department published in the Federal Register amendments to the rules governing product exclusion requests and objections thereto for Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs. The original product exclusion was criticized for lack of transparency and due process.  In particular, there was no vehicle…

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Update on Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Imports and Product Exclusion Process

UPDATE: The deadline for exclusion requests for the $16 billion list effective August 23, 2018 is December 18, 2018. More information here. Effective July 6, 2018, the United States implemented an additional 25% ad valorem duty on $34b worth of imports from China. For a list of products covered…

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Timeline of the US-China Trade War

March 1: President Donald Trump announces tariffs on all imports of steel and aluminum, including metals from China. March 22: Trump announces plans to hit $50 billion worth of Chinese goods with a 25% tariff. China announces tariffs in retaliation to the steel and aluminum duties and promises a response to the latest…

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