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?

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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Customer Testimonials

Jason and his firm was the most responsive Attorney I’ve dealt with , very friendly and very thorough in explaining things . I highly recommend.

S. Ismani

Jason was honest from the very beginning and explained the whole process clearly and professionally. He was always prompt in answering calls or emails. We are happy with the results and glad we used his services. He offers a great service. Thank you!

W.Yano

Great Lakes Customs Law was very professional and supportive in my case, they managed to get back my money and I always received prompt attention, Thanks to Mr. Jason

W. Youssef

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