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Customs Law and International Trade

“Department lead Gustavo Enrique Müller is a ‘great resource for finding the best solutions for international trade and customs issues’ ”

Legal 500

Practice

O’FARRELL provides advisory services and qualified legal assistance to major businesses and institutions, both at a domestic and international level, that are engaged in international trade.

Our attorneys have long-standing and recognized professional track record in this field, and our Law Firm has been awarded the highest ratings by leading institutions and publications in this practice area. 

Our clients include businesses from different industries and sectors, such as automotive, telecommunications, construction, food, services, hydrocarbon, energy, supermarket, pharmaceutical, agribusiness and farming and international services corporations, among others.

Our attorneys accompany and assist our clients in matters concerning import and export customs valuation, special import and export customs regimes, customs transit procedures, operations from and to  Duty Free Zones,  activities carried out in the Special Customs Zone, tariff classification, major investment projects, import of used goods and origin of goods, among other issues.

We provide advice on transactions between related companies, transfer pricing, triangular and trilateral transactions, legal compliance and due diligence in customs matters.

We specialize in the interpretation and enforcement of the most significant treaties and international agreements (GATT, OMC, WTO, MERCOSUR and ALADI, UE, KYOTO, etc.), executed in connection with international trade aspects.

We provide advice on all matters associated with the promotion and advancement of import and export activities (tax reliefs, exemptions, import incentives, refunds, reimbursements), and the existing restrictions on international trade (authorizations, import tariff licenses, export or import quotas, antidumping measures, compensation and safeguard measures, economic and non-economic prohibitions, etc).

We assist our clients to carry out the relevant proceedings to file for registration as Importer and Exporter, Customs Transportation Agent and to qualify as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).

We provide specialized advice on foreign exchange regulations applicable to international trade (inflow and outflow of currency, terms, statements, formalities, etc), and provide professional assistance to our clients in all and any cases or proceedings that are handled by the Argentine Central Bank on the grounds of infringements of Foreign Exchange Criminal Regulations.

We also represent and provide legal assistance to our clients before the Argentine Customs Office, customs offices across the Argentine territory, the Argentine Tax Court and Argentine courts of law in all legal proceedings or litigations concerning payment or refund of customs duties, customs infringements, collection of VAT refunds or repayments, investigation proceedings for enforcement of disciplinary measures, etc.

Services

  • Imports and exports – General and special regimes
  • Tax regime and customs treatment
  • Customs valuation of goods – Underinvoicing and overinvoicing
  • Tariff classification of goods for import and export purposes
  • Dumping, subsidies, quotas and safeguards
  • Restrictions on imports and exports
  • Certificates, authorizations and/or licenses prior to imports and exports
  • Incentives to exports – Refunds, reimbursements, drawbacks – VAT refund
  • International Agreements – GATT - OMC - OMA - MERCOSUR - ALADI
  • Origin of goods regime
  • Duty Free areas and bonded warehouses
  • Special Customs Zone in Tierra del Fuego
  • Customs risk audits concerning transactions for the purchase, takeover and/or merger of corporations
  • Legal Compliance in customs law and practices
  • International contracts - Incoterms Rules
  • Representing and providing legal assistance to our clients in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning payment or refund of customs duties, customs infringements, collection of VAT refunds or repayments, investigation proceedings for enforcement of disciplinary measures, etc., before all customs offices across the Argentine territory, the Argentine Tax Court and Argentine courts of law
  • Central Bank – Regulations applicable to imports and exports
  • Providing advice and conducting the defense of our clients in investigation proceedings concerning foreign exchange matters on the grounds of violations and/or infringements of the Foreign Exchange Criminal Law.