As a lawyer for Customs Law in Germany we know the customs code very well. We advise importers and exporters from all over Germany on customs law. O&W advises its clients on imports and exports. No matter what aspects of customs – we can help you: Optimizing the processes in the company or disputes with the customs office – every attorney for customs law from O&W helps.
- Best advice: Competent advice thanks to 29 years of experience in customs law
- Clarification of all questions: personal and fast contact nationwide
- Fast results: Thanks to close proximity to the customs authorities
We are at your side with our law firm for customs law in Germany: either in advance in the planning of processes in the company with a view to customs. Or we can help if you have to file an objection because customs has issued a decision and charges duties. Even if a punishment or fine from the main customs office threatens we are at your side.Contact our customs lawyers in Hamburg, Germany. You can reach us by phone from Monday to Friday from 09 a.m. to 6 p.m. at +49 (0) 40 / 36 96 15 0
What a lawyer can achieve for you in German customs law
We can help you to better understand the specifics of customs law. Many clients are drawn to tax advisors when it comes to customs law or foreign trade law. However, tax consultants are more specialized in the actual tax law, and often not in the customs law specifics that the European Union brings with it.
Appeal against customs decision
You have received a customs decision and want to file an appeal? Our customs attorneys will check your customs clearance and take care of the further procedure. The lawyers at O&W have been active in customs law for many years and are familiar with the customs authorities and their special features.
- For additional customs demands – with the help of our customs lawyers
- Secure all deadlines and avoid adverse customs decisions
- Personal and quick advice from our customs lawyers
As such deadlines often apply as soon as customs issues an additional payment or other decision, a customs lawyer should in any case advise you quickly. Failure to do so may result in serious disadvantages.
General advice from the customs lawyer
You want to optimize your customs processes, need advice for the correct customs clearance or have current challenges with the customs offices? Then please do not hesitate to contact us – our customs consultancy from Hamburg/Germany will provide you with fast and reliable support. We act from the background or directly vis-à-vis the customs authorities.
- plan all customs processes and play it safe
- We help with challenges and problems with the customs authorities
- National consulting from the Center of Commerce in Hamburg, Germany
As such deadlines often run as soon as customs issues a additional payment or any other decision, a customs lawyer should be consulted quickly in any case. Failure to do so may result in serious disadvantages.
Lawyer for Customs Criminal Law
As lawyers for customs law, we represent and defend managing directors and employees of customs departments in preliminary proceedings for customs offences and administrative offences. Violations of customs law often lead to investigations by the customs authorities. A lawyer specialising in customs law is recommended.
- Avoid punishments for customs law violations.
- Every O&W Customs Lawyer will defend you against allegations by the main customs offices.
- Direct and discreet advice and development of a defense strategy.
As such deadlines often apply as soon as customs issues an additional payment or other decision, a customs lawyer should in any case advise you quickly. Otherwise, there may be significant disadvantages
Important projects in customs law
The customs lawyers at O&W have already advised on numerous customs law matters. A selection of our past and current projects can be found here. For more information, please click on the heading.
Customs clearance of MARPOL waste
The lawyers for customs law at O&W in Germany advised a large waste disposal company in Hamburg on how to proceed with regard to ship-generated waste and the provisions of the new EU Customs Code and how these ship-generated waste must be cleared under customs law in accordance with the MARPOL Convention. The Customs Regulation was unclear at this point
adoption of an anti-dumping exemption
O&W advised a large bicycle company on the extent to which an exemption from anti-dumping duties on essential bicycle parts granted by the European Commission could be transferred to the purchaser in connection with the takeover of a third party company and used for its own bicycle assembly
Doubtful indications of origin of solar modules
Customs doubted the origin of imported solar modules and assumed that they actually came from China. This would have resulted in anti-dumping duties which almost threatened the existence of the company. O&W discussed the suspension of execution and conducted the opposition proceedings.
Classification of Medical Devices
In the case of medical products, O&W has often assessed whether the classification was rightly made by customs and what possibilities exist to achieve a different classification in the customs tariff. Since the classification of customs often leads to considerably higher customs duties, these questions were very important for the importing company of medical devices. O&W is continuously advising on this.
Anti-dumping duties on furniture glass
O&W is currently conducting opposition proceedings for a company in the furniture industry. The furniture glass used by the company is equated by Customs with so-called “Solar glass“, which leads to high anti-dumping duties being levied. Since these glasses cannot be used in the solar industry at all, O&W has the anti-dumping regulation legally examined for its client
EU tariff preferences <-> Switzerland
A Swiss company takes advantage of tariff preferences between the EU and Switzerland and operates its distribution warehouse in Germany. Customs has in the past not confirmed various Declarations of origin , but at the same time did not do any research. O&W clarifies for this client in court whether the proofs of origin were rightfully prepared and, accordingly, the customs preferences are to be granted in Switzerland.
An exporting company is supported by the law firm O&W-Rechtsanwälte and receives advice on optimizing export control for export business and Foreign Trade Audit in its own company. O&W helped to create an export control manual to provide all employees with a set of rules for export control
Support of a German shipping company with regard to compliance aspects in business transactions with Russian companies not to violate the Russian sanctions
Anti-dumping duties on curtain rods
Advising a Polish importer of curtain rods with regard to anti-dumping duties imposed in Germany. O&W was able to obtain the remission of anti-dumping duties for the company in the opposition proceedings
Anti-dumping duties on screws
Advising a company on the import of screws without payment of anti-dumping duties. Discuss the possibilities of voluntary self disclosure and defense strategy for criminal proceedings.
Exemption from duty for pharmaceutical substances
O&W advised a Hamburg-based company on the extent to which exemption from duty according to “List P” could be claimed for certain pharmaceutical substances and their derivatives and subsequent collection could be avoided
Anti-dumping duties on screws
Advising a company on imports of screws without payment of anti-dumping duty. Discussion of the possibilities of a voluntary self disclosure and defense strategy for the criminal proceedings.
Import of vintage cars
We defended several owners of vintage cars when importing their vintage cars. O&W has advised numerous classic car buyers against the Customs Administration if the latter has not recognised the vehicle as a vintage car
Complexity of customs law overburdens many companies
Customs law is a very complex matter. In addition to many provisions of the European Union on customs law (e.g. Union Customs Code, other regulations and implementing ordinances), there are also German regulations and laws, e.g. from German tax law. All these acts are complementary to EU provisions. This diversity often requires a specialised customs lawyer. Our attorneys have been advising on this proven special subject for many years and have an international network of cooperation partners.
The activities include the processing of:.
- Customs valuation law
- Anti-dumping measures (e.g. anti-dumping duty on Solar modules, pallet trucks)
- Disputes in connection with Binding tariff information (BTI / EVZTA)
- Implementation of a objection because of issued customs notices
- Law of temporary use
- Retroactive Payments
- Disputes over the granting of preferential duty (origin and preferences)
- accompaniment and pre- and aftercare at customs checks
In addition, we also advise and represent companies in the following areas:
- customs warehousing law
- Law of inward and outward processing and application for permits
- Customs criminal law and fine proceedingsExport refund, market regulation goods
- Classification disputes under the Combined Nomenclature and related tariffs
- Customs penalties
- Foreign trade law
- Accompaniment of current customs procedures
- Declarations of funds in foreign trade law according to AWV
Our legal customs consulting offers you security
As customs law is very complex because of its relation to EU law, companies must constantly check whether their operations are properly organised. It must be ensured that all departments take account of the provisions of the Union Customs Code.
Procedural and organisational instructions developed with the help of a lawyer are often a great help for all employees involved in the company. Such an instruction later also prevents criminal proceedings being initiated against the management (keyword: compliance). The customs administration often accuses entrepreneurs and managers of not having created the necessary structures and organisational guidelines to observe all aspects of customs law.
We therefore act proactively from Hamburg both in the planning of customs proceedings for you and when, for example, an objection must be lodged because a customs decision has been issued or criminal and fine proceedings are threatened by customs. Contact our lawyers for customs law in Hamburg.
Why immediate action is often necessary
You should take action especially if customs has issued a notification of import duties that does not correspond to your declaration on import. Customs law attorneys can check whether the decision has been issued correctly. It is often advisable to take action against incorrect customs decisions. This is the only way to avoid an unfavourable practice in customs clearance and to ensure effective legal protection. This can then also have an effect against you in the case of subsequent imports. Such a practice in administration should be avoided in any case. You only have a few weeks to lodge an objection. In any case, you should act quickly and consult a lawyer.
In the case of frequent violations by a company, there is also the threat of withdrawal of customs privileges. For example, the status as AEO can be withdrawn. At the latest when the administration initiates a fine or criminal proceedings, then the help of a lawyer for customs law is necessary. The penalties can be very high and even endanger the company’s existence. Please call us in our office in Hamburg and coordinate the further procedure with us.