International Trade & Customs
The exchange of goods across international borders is subject to numerous and complex agreements each of them influenced by factors such as local culture, territorial characteristics and political choices.
Therefore, companies thinking about developing projects beyond the national market need to be supported by qualified consultants.
Nctm has professionals specialising in International Trade & Customs with extensive knowledge on: market access restrictions, trade defense measures (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measures), dual use goods, export license requests, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary, tariffs, rules of origin, product valuation, customs classifications and preferential treatment.
We can therefore offer tailor-made legal advice in a wide range of issues in the area of customs law, including:
- Ensuring a level playing field: Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy. We represent the interests of our clients in administrative proceedings before the European Commission and in proceedings before the Courts of Justice.
- Dispute settlement in the WTO and in the EU Courts in Luxembourg: management of disputes within the WTO (World Trade Organization) and within the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and in Luxembourg.
- Business Transactions: issues related to bilateral trade relations between Europe and third countries and to multilateral commercial relations.
We assist companies and governments in all aspects of regulatory barriers to the trade of goods and services. Our lawyers represent Member States of the European Union, European Union institutions, governments of third countries and trade associations in negotiations with institutions worldwide, as well as private organizations and newcomers to trade issues
Over the last twenty years we have worked on some of the major controversies within the WTO, including the main cases of access to the European market in industrial and agricultural sectors such as DRAM (Dynamic random-access memory), bananas, sugar, hormones and poultry. We have also assisted foreign governments in the Doha Round and Uruguay Round negotiations and in the WTO accession negotiations.
Nctm provides legal assistance to the Council of the European Union in cases of complaints submitted by third parties against trade defense regulations, at the European General Court and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. This gives us privileged insights into how EU policy develops both in relation to the internal single market and in external trade.