The Law Firm for Importers
Compliance, Penalty & Seizure Defense

Practice Areas

Product & Cash Seizure

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Read our helpful Legal Roadmap of a Customs Money Seizure to get your questions answered after a customs cash seizure.

Penalty Defense & Mitigation

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“Customs”) enforces its laws through the imposition of fines, and more.

Import Compliance

Faced with penalties for supposed import violations, in need of legal opinion and assistance?

Our Customs Lawyer Firm

We are a Customs and International Trade customs law firm with offices in Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois, with convenient access the ports of Cleveland and Buffalo. We represent clients at other ports nationwide before U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the Federal District Courts.

Our customs lawyer firm helps importers, exporters, brokers and entrepreneurs comply with customs law, trade laws and regulations in every set of circumstances within our areas of practice. We also assist individuals to get seized currency returned. At Great Lakes Customs Law, we bring exceptional experience in our practice to provide excellent services to our clients, whether faced with severe penalties for supposed import violations or in  need of a legal opinion and assistance to find a lower duty rate, proper classification, proper marking, labeling, valuation, or otherwise ensure compliance with the customs laws.

Neither the front nor the back entrance of the Custom-House opens on the road to Paradise.
- The Scarlet Letter (1850), Nathaniel Hawthorne

Little in CBP’s attitude has changed since The Scarlet Letter was published. Almost 175 years later, dealing with CBP is never Paradise, and can sometimes be Hell.

An importer may not always need a lawyer, but faced with seizure, penalties, or bad and wrong decisions by CBP, it is the right choice.

We understand the problems importers and brokers face in dealing with CBP and complying with the law, because Great Lakes Customs Law has been helping them since 2009.

When problems with CBP go beyond the routine, or when the issues involved are not straightforward, nothing beats the knowledge and advice of a law firm that knows the customs laws and regulations inside and out. That’s when you should consult with us and get your free case review by clicking the button below.

Great Lakes Customs Law

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Client Testimonials

  • Reviews

    Great Lakes Customs Law
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    4.9 out of 5 stars

    rafat abdel
    rafat abdel

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 9 months ago

    Jason is a very knowledgeable attorney with years of experience. He was able to help my family understand the seizure process and post seizure process in order to get back the money that we worked so hard for. The outcome for us was better than anticipated and we could not be more happy with the service. Thank you Jason.

    Karan Bherwani
    Karan Bherwani

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 1 year ago

    I would just like to say in simple words Mr. Jason is awesome Great Lakes Customs Law is the place where u can get the best and the fast service..i really appricate ur help Mr.jason thanks a lot man. and i always recommend my friends and relatives...

    Serguei Lougovier
    Serguei Lougovier

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 1 year ago

    I got an extremely goo service from GLCL (Great Lakes Customs Law). Jason is very knowledgeable and he told me upfront what is going to happen with my case and the likelihood of the favorable decision. He guided me throughout the case and promptly responded to my requests. Everything happen pretty much the way Jason predicted. Plus, no extra fees or charges. Thank you, Jason! I liked your services and will recommend you to my relatives and friends.

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