Location: Expertise / Trade & Customs
Trade & Customs

With extensive experience in trade and customs, GLO assists clients to handle and solve complex legal issues in this field in a comprehensive manner.


We respond to a large number of anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures investigations initiated in China on behalf of overseas companies and represent China-based companies in responding to anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures investigations initiated by foreign countries. GLO has represented the Chinese government in a number of WTO dispute resolution cases, and taken the lead among Chinese law firms to represent Chinese clients in U.S. Section 301 investigations. We also regularly advise, represent or defend renowned Chinese and foreign companies across various sectors like banking, automobile, machinery, electronics, aerospace, artificial intelligence and defense on export control and economic sanctions.


Competent lawyers of the GLO customs and trade compliance team are pioneers and trailblazers of customs and trade compliance business in Chinese legal market. Lawyers on the team provide a variety of customs and trade compliance legal services and crisis management services for clients including Fortune 500 and offer in-depth services regarding knotty problems such as classification of customs commodity, customs valuation of import and export transfer pricing, place of origin compliance under free trade agreement and export control in China and foreign countries. GLO has established import & export commodity customs classification consulting service center, which is tasked with solving difficult problems related to tax number classification of import & export commodity and providing tax planning consulting. In addition, the lawyers provide criminal defense services for corporate clients in a large number of criminal cases related to smuggling. 

International Trade

We provide services as follows:

  • anti-dumping investigations
  • countervailing investigations
  • safeguard measures investigations
  • Section 301 investigations, Section 337 investigations
  • export control and economic sanctions
  • WTO dispute resolution
  • import and export quota and license control consulting

Representative deal

  • Represent China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) in the Section 301 investigation initiated by the U.S. with respect to China's technology acts, policies and practices

Customs and Trade Compliance

We mainly provide services as follows: 

  • tax consulting and tax planning during import and export
  • commodity classification and tax number consulting
  • import commodity transfer pricing tax, customs risk prevention & control and customs price negotiation consulting
  • customs risk consulting regarding non-trade payments and loyalties
  • consulting regarding certain tax relief items of import commodity
  • tax increase exclusion and commodity tax number, tax rate adjustment/tax rules survey and consulting
  • place of origin compliance consulting
  • import and export examination and quarantine consulting
  • customs and trade compliance examination, customs risk internal control and trade compliance system construction consulting
  • supply chain and import & export business model consulting
  • intellectual property border protection
  • customs inspection and anti-smuggling case consulting and agency, crisis management
  • free trade zone and regional free trade agreement consulting
  • access and import & export compliance consulting regarding agricultural products, food, medicine, medical equipment, used mechanical and electrical equipment and waste, among others
  • export control and dual-use item consulting
  • special consulting services for customs and trade compliance due diligence in investing, financing and listing and merger projects

Representative deals

  • providing comprehensive solution regarding transfer pricing tax and customs risk control for a transnational company
  • successfully applying for the first case classification preliminary ruling in Shanghai custom district on behalf of a transnational company
  • leading the consulting project of import & export commodity tax number classification database of a transnational company, which was reviewed by Shanghai Customs and recognized as having classification precedent effect, making it the first foreign manufacturing import & export tax number classification precedent database
  • providing place of origin compliance special services for a transnational company
  • providing consulting services regarding Sino-U.S. trade war tax increase, place of origin and export control for domestic and foreign companies
  • conducting customs and trade compliance examinations for a large number of clients, providing compliance system consulting and properly solving leftover problems by implementing voluntary disclosure
  • successfully finding legal defense against criminal liability in customs investigation cases for a number of companies

Media's Evaluation

Global Law Office has a growing international trade practice that is active in a wide range of industries, including petrochemicals, textiles, agriculture and steel. Skilled at representing both domestic and international clients in trade remedy cases. Demonstrates strength in defending associations in Section 301 investigations. The firm extends its expert coverage into import and export control, and other customs law issues, and is highly sought after by companies from various sectors including semiconductors, automobiles and insurance.

——Chambers-Greater China Region 2022


One client comments: "They are very knowledgeable with the trade practices of different countries and are able to provide timely and accurate advice." "They are a 'no muss, no fuss' law firm who can accurately navigate the business realities of US-PRC tensions,"reports a market commentator.

——Chambers-Greater China Region 2022



  • 2022, International trade Law Firm of the Year, China Business Law Journal
  • 2022, International Trade Law Firm of the Year: East China - Non-local, Asian Legal Business
  • 2021, International Trade Law Firm of the Year: The Coastal Areas - Non-local, Asian Legal Business
  • 2020-2022, Nominated in International Trade Law Firm of the Year, Asian Legal Business
  • 2018, Trade PRC Law Firm of the Year, China Law & Practice


  • 2022-2023, Band 1 Law Firm in Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Chambers and Partners Greater China Region
  • 2022-2023, Recommended firm in International Trade/WTO: Respondent, Chambers and Partners Greater China Region
  • 2022, Band 1 Law Firm in International Trade: Customs, Chambers and Partners Greater China Region
  • 2019-2021, Recommended firm in International Trade/WTO, Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific
  • 2022, Band 1 Law Firm in International Trade: customs, export control and economic sanctions, Chambers and Partners Global
  • 2019-2022, Recommended firm in International Trade/WTO: Respondent, Chambers and Partners Global
  • 2023, Top tier firm in WTO/International Trade, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • 2016-2022, Recommended firm in WTO/International Trade, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • 2016-2022, Recommended firm in International Trade/WTO, LEGALBAND