Firm Overview

Rode & Qualey traces its roots to the early 19th century and is one of the oldest firms in the United States engaged exclusively in the practice of Customs and International Trade Law. The firm offers the experience gained from many years representing a diverse client base in this highly specialized area, as well as the confidentiality and protection afforded by the attorney-client privilege.

Rode & Qualey provides advice on all aspects of the Customs laws, including tariff classification, duty rates, valuation, penalties, quota restrictions, seizures and detentions, import and export documentation and recordkeeping requirements, country of origin criteria, labeling and invoicing requirements, bonded warehouses and foreign trade zones, drawback, and all of the various free trade agreements including NAFTA, CAFTA, etc. The firm also renders advice and counsel on questions involving the antidumping and countervailing duty laws, and other special trade relief provisions, and has been involved in patent and trademark actions involving imports under Section 337 before the International Trade Commission.

Rode & Qualey regularly represents clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Court of International Trade and other federal courts, as well as the International Trade Commission, the International Trade Administration and the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and other agencies which regulate international trade. Our attorneys have also worked with agencies involved with Customs and trade outside the United States, including those in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

While Rode & Qualey is often consulted after a serious problem occurs, the firm assists clients to proactively develop internal controls and compliance programs that will avoid problems with Customs and other agencies that administer the trade laws. We work with our clients to insure that their import and export operations are structured to achieve the best possible results for duty rates, merchandise clearance, and the prevention of government imposed penalties or sanctions. We advise our clients on how to develop systems that will minimize the possibility of adverse determinations by Customs in the event of a Customs audit. The firm has also actively assisted clients to gain admission into beneficial programs administered by the government, including the Importer Self Assessment Program (ISA) and the Customs—Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

When the circumstances warrant, the firm is fully equipped to challenge adverse government determinations before the various agencies and Courts with jurisdiction in the areas of Customs and international trade. Our firm has a high rate of success both challenging and defending against adverse government actions. We have obtained substantial recoveries for our clients, often amounting to millions of dollars in duties, and have helped our clients avoid substantial penalties through successful litigation or settlement of cases.


55 West 39th Street, Suite 600, New York, New York 10018
Telephone: 212-944-7333  |  Facsimile: 212-719-1828  |  Email: Tradelaw@Rode-Qualey.com