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Trade Law

Our Trade Law practice focuses on Currency Seizures and Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties .  We have experience in all types of trade law.

Customs Seminar 300200

Brokerage Course

We teach an intensive 8 week  Customs Brokerage course twice a year.  You can see the schedule of the course below and sign up for the next course.

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Export Law

Government agencys such as Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Foregin Asset Control ITAR or EAR can be difficult – let us help.


Customs Lawyer

Our firm is comprised of dedicated professionals who share responsibility for servicing the needs of our clients. Our goal is to provide solutions for these needs in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether it is providing advice to new importers and exporters or preparing import and export procedures for well-established companies, we will work with the client to determine how best to accommodate their needs.the complex world of Customs law

With over 25 years experience in Customs and international trade law, our firm focuses on providing companies with legal advice and knowledge necessary for successful import and export transactions. We have significant experience representing all types of clients in front of numerous regulatory agencies. We help clients through the complex world of Customs Law. We take a proactive approach when working with all of our clients and we help you set up a process so you won’t violate any of the numerous Customs Laws.

Customs Brokerage Exam Class October 2016

We are pleased to announce the details for our series of classes for preparation for the October 2016 Customs Broker Examination.

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Attorney Paula Connelly has over 20 years experience as a Customs attorney and is also a licensed Customs broker.  As such, she would qualify as a Customs expert.  Please contact her office if you would like to discuss any issues of concern to your company.

The U.S. government continues to increase the penalties for violations of both the ITAR and the EAR. Penalties for ITAR violations can be as high as $500,000 for each violation while criminal penalties can result in as much as 10 years in prison for each violation and criminal fines of up to $1,000,000 for each violation. If you want to avoid these types of penalties you need a good customs lawyer.  Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Importing Tobacco Products Into the U.S.

The laws regarding the importation of tobacco products into the United States are strict. Regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the following considers what you need to know about importing tobacco products into the U.S. lawfully. For a more detailed explanation and legal counsel, reach out to The Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly. Obtaining a Permit from TTB Whether you are importing tobacco products for your personal use, or for commercial purposes, the law requires that you acquire a permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and TradeRead More

The Legality of Importing Folexes into the United States

There is money to be made in importing and selling counterfeit goods and knock-offs (the difference, as explained by an article in The New York Times, is that counterfeit goods bear a brand’s label signature or mark – albeit illegally – and knockoffs do not). That being said, it is often not worth the risk. Whether you are importing “Folexes” – fake Rolexes – or other counterfeit items, if you get caught, there are major penalties. Commonly Imported Counterfeit Items  As explained briefly above, counterfeiting is the process of making or selling a look-alike good, often with a brand signature mark orRead More

Information Technology Agreement Changes

Effective July 1, the tariff reductions resulting from the expanded Information Technology Agreement are now in place. These  reductions are a result of the World Trade Organization negotiations over the past several years and as a result the products will enjoy duty free or reduced duty treatment in all most favored nations.  In the U.S., many of the tariff provisions are immediately dropped to 0% while some have duties being phased out over a 3 year period.  A list of all of the affected HTS provisions is found in Annex I and Annex II in the Federal Register dated July 6 can be downloaded below. For additional informationRead More


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67 South Bedford St., Suite 400W
Burlington MA 01803