International Trade

Customs & Shipping

Unlocking opportunities in new markets

In today’s fast-paced world, customs and international trade rules can change quickly. In turn, this may affect businesses’ ability to transact and remain competitive globally. Anticipating, planning for, and responding to change swiftly has never been more important.

The King & Wood Mallesons international customs law practice offers an unrivalled understanding of the complexities and cultural nuances of doing busines in Asia and worldwide. With us, clients benefit from our first-hand insight that comes from our expertise across a wide range of issues, including customs and trade compliance, risk mitigation, inspection and quarantine procedures, and crisis management.

If required, we support clients with disputes and controversies as they arise, guiding them through customs audits, trade concession order disputes, anti-smuggling or criminal investigations, or WTO litigation and alternative dispute resolution. We bring practical experience, commercial acumen, and international reach to help maximise our clients’ benefits in international trade matters.

Underpinning this practice, is King & Wood Mallesons’ long history of working in the marine industry. We regularly work with many major and international ship owners, logistics companies, port operators, insurance companies, trade companies, banks and shipyards. We have experience in advising on maritime matters, including shipping disputes, disputes regarding charter parties and contracts of affreightment relating to shipment of commodities. We have also advised on port/berth user agreements, liability of port operators and charter party arrangements.

As a full-service practice, our customs & shipping team works closely with our international tax experts. We are the only law firm in the region offering both customs and excise tax expertise as clients look to new markets for new opportunities.

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