International Trade & Customs

Our International Trade and Customs Department serves national and international clients trading in every sector, including agriculture and livestock, food and beverages, mineral and hydrocarbon products, construction and materials, automotive, telecommunications, transport, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, retail, and professional services just to name a few.

Covering the entire spectrum of the import, transit and export of goods, our team advises on international distribution agreements, international sale of goods, import licenses, technical requirements (technical barriers to trade), sanitary requirements, rules of origin and labeling, and currency exchange regulations.

We also advise on customs matters and represent clients in all proceedings before the customs authorities, the National Tax Court, the Federal Administrative Courts and the Supreme Court of Justice, such as challenges to tax liquidations/assessments, recovery of unduly paid duties or dues, customs violations and tax executions. We have been successful in significant lawsuits and administrative claims related to industrial promotion and special import/export regimes for clients in a number of industries.

Our expertise includes valuation of goods and transfer prices, evaluation of inter-company transactions and advice on the analysis and implementation of complex international customs tax structures. We can also provide customized evaluations tailored to specific investment ventures on preference programs such as temporary imports, the import of capital assets and the import of turnkey plants. Our experts have in-depth experience in the tariff classification of goods.

We provide guidance on the application of bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements such as GATT, WTO, WCO, MERCOSUR and ALADI (Latin American Integration Association), and have one of Latin America’s largest and most active practices in WTO law and trade defense (dumping, safeguards, subsidies and countervailing duties). Our team has experience in working with sovereign governments, including support in the negotiation of trade agreements, trade facilitation policies and drafting trade regulations.

The lifting of many import/export restrictions and related debureaucratization has provided a stimulus to Argentina’s international commerce while also resulting in frequent changes in trade and customs regulations. Reflecting the country’s bilateral trading relationships, our international client roster is globally diverse, and the firm’s various Country Desks provide additional support in various languages.

Our international trade and customs lawyers have been recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250 and ILO Client Choice, and have experience working as in-house counsel.