Welcome to The Pike Law Firm

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The Pike Law Firm, P.C. is a boutique law firm headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in customs and international trade regulation, consulting, and litigation.

The Firm helps multinational companies navigate the complex rules governing the cross-border movement of goods and services, with the goal of minimizing duty, VAT, and excise tax payments, while maximizing corporate customs and trade compliance (including compliance with the Export Administration Regulations and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations) to eliminate the risk of costly and time-consuming audits, investigations, and penalty cases.

Special emphasis (for which the Firm is a recognized global authority) is placed on harmonizing income tax transfer pricing policies vis-à-vis customs valuation requirements as part of designing and implementing duty-saving strategies and in-house customs and trade compliance programs. We offer a multitude of other services to address any customs and trade issue that arises, including litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Firm also has a well-established informal network of customs and trade advisors in every major trading jurisdiction to deliver results no matter where issues surface.

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CBP HQ ISSUES RARE DEDUCTIVE VALUE RULING

In an unusual HQ ruling (HQ H260036), CBP recently ruled that an importer of natural and biodegradable additives (such as citric acid and xanthum gum, mainly used in the food industry) must use deductive value as the basis of appraisement for its imported merchandise – instead of transaction value. Despite the fact that the importer […]

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“BIG 9” PASS ON REVIEWING TREK LEATHER

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear the appeal in United States v. Trek Leather Inc. and Harish Shadadpuri, which involved a corporate officer of a U.S. importer who was found personally liable for gross negligence under the applicable statute by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”). In its widely-discussed […]

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ACE: THE FUTURE IS HERE

The mainframe system used by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) since 1986 to process imports and exports is about to end. The Automated Commercial System (“ACS”) has almost fully transitioned to the new Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”). CBP will require all importers to begin using ACE on November 1, 2015 for all cargo release […]

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