The International Trade & Customs practice inherits rich traditions of international law firm Magisters which merged with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in July 2011. It has 14 years of experience in advising on intergovernmental trade agreements and customs issues, and has participated in more than 100 trade investigations in the United States, EU, Russia, China, Ukraine, Belarus, Chile, Peru and other countries.
Today the practice brings together experts from the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv and Minsk offices of the Firm. They advise and represent industrial conglomerates, sovereign governments and intergovernmental organizations on legal matters in international trade, including those related to the WTO and the Customs Union, on anti-dumping, special and other trade investigations as well as legal actions challenging investigation outcomes. Furthermore, we offer our clients a preventive risk assessment and mitigation program should their imports become subject to investigation. This program allows our clients to attain favorable results in such investigations and complete them without exposure to sanctions.
We advise companies involved in international trade in their relations with the CIS customs authorities, in the development of their strategies with respect to import, export, import for processing, temporary imports and other customs procedures - the strategies that enable the companies to attain benefits with respect to customs clearance, customs controls and payments of customs duties. Given our reputation in the market, which is enhanced by successful representation of the Bank of New York in an unprecedented USD 22.5bn dispute with the Russian Federal Customs Service, we are often engaged for representation in disputes involving customs authorities.