Customs, International Cargo, & Regulatory Compliance

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The lawyers at McBreen & Kopko are among the most experienced professionals in advising clients regarding the import and export of a wide range of manufactured, artistic, and intellectual property, and cargo, art, and related materials.

They have long represented all elements of the transportation supply chain, handling security compliance, penalty actions, and regulatory issues enforced by CBP, TSA, FAA, FMC, FDA, and related government agencies. In this role, the Group's attorneys will also assist the firm's airline, ground and cargo handling, airport real estate, and general aviation clients, and all sectors of the international supply chain.

A representative of the Group was on the Aviation Security Advisory Committee comprised of government and trade representatives appointed at JFK Airport to advise government agencies on regulatory security concerns after September 11th.

While advising customs brokers, airlines, and others involved in the international cargo supply chain, the Group has testified on behalf of clients before Congress, CBP, and Fish and Wildlife Service. The attorneys routinely appear before prestigious groups like the Explorers Club to report on customs rules and regulations as they pertain to antiquities, fish and wildlife, and art imports.

The firm represents the JFK Airport Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and Mr. Soller has been principal counsel to the association for more than 25 years. He also wrote a monthly article for the trade publication Airport Press entitled "It's Our Customs." He presented a paper to the Customs and International Trade Bar Association regarding the international movement, and sale and purchase of art and antiquities. Mr. Soller frequently lectures to trade groups on emerging customs and trade issues.

Among the many trade and business organizations that the Group's lawyers are associated with are: the Business Action Committee of the JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce (board member and chairman), the Semantics, a charitable organization of members of the airport community working on Long Island and Queens, the JFK Rotary Club, JFK Air Cargo Association, and KAAMCO.

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