Addison-Clifton offers a wide range of trade compliance services to companies and corporations of all sizes, ranging from start-ups and small businesses to major national and international companies. Our trade compliance services include the following:
Addison-Clifton recognizes that each company has unique business needs and works with each company to identify those needs prior to developing and implementing a trade compliance management system. The goal of Addison-Clifton is to provide companies with a trade compliance management system that works in tangent with the existing business structure, with as little disruption to business flow as possible.
Addison-Clifton understands that business constraints can often lead to lack of resources when it comes to commodity classifications. Our firm provides commodity classifications at a flat-fee rate for: (1) classifications under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, China and India; (2) classifications under the Commerce Control List; and (3) classifications under the U.S. Munitions List.
Addison-Clifton aids companies with drafting agreements for the performance of a defense service(s) and/or the disclosure of technical data, known as a Technical Assistance Agreement (“TAA”). Our firm also aids in the submission of TAAs to the Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing for approval. Our firm’s experience with TAA requirements allows us to effectively identify situations that would require a TAA and gather the information necessary to complete a TAA.
Addison-Clifton assists companies with obtaining export licenses from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Our firm’s knowledge and experience with the electronic licensing systems of the U.S. Department of State (DTrade) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (SNAP-R) provides our clients with a smoother and more efficient application process.
Addison-Clifton conducts Importer Self-Assessment (“ISA”) audits for companies that participate in the ISA program. The audits focus on ensuring that the company’s import process and procedures are compliant with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection laws and regulations. The audit involves identifying risks and internal control weaknesses, as well as recommending corrective actions.
Addison-Clifton conducts pre-acquisition trade compliance due diligence audits. Oftentimes when an acquisition is taking place, trade compliance is not a top priority on the long list of tasks that must be completed before closing the deal. Addison-Clifton has experience in conducting pre-acquisition trade compliance due diligence audits in a short period of time. These audits require: (1) identifying goods that fall under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”); (2) re-classifying goods, if necessary; (3) sequestering ITAR-controlled goods and technical data; and (4) gathering facts for self-disclosure(s), if necessary.
Addison-Clifton assesses whether a Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) applies to the goods a company is importing or exporting. Determining whether an FTA applies has an economical impact on companies and can often be the determining factor when assessing whether a product is profitable.
Addison-Clifton assists companies in identifying whether goods the companies are planning to import are subject to ADs or CVDs. Additionally, our firm assists companies with requesting administrative reviews and scope rulings related to AD/CVD. Like FTAs, ADs/CVDs have an economical impact on companies and can impact the profit margins of products if not accurately calculated.
Addison-Clifton believes that getting a company’s employees to understand the importance of trade compliance is critical to the success of the company’s trade compliance management system. With this in mind, Addison-Clifton offers employee training on a full array of trade compliance topics, ranging from Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.