For over 15 years, Geoffrey M. Goodale has assisted companies of all sizes in many industries develop and implement strategies to accomplish their international business goals. His practice focuses on export controls, economic sanctions, import compliance, trade litigation, international intellectual property rights protection, foreign direct investment, cybersecurity, and compliance counseling to government contractors.
Mr. Goodale counsels companies on a wide range of issues relating to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) that are administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that are enforced by the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the economic sanctions laws and regulations that are administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
In addition to providing training on these regulations, designing compliance manuals, and assisting clients with all aspects of the export license and agreement approvals processes, he conducts internal reviews and audits to assess compliance in these areas and helps clients develop and implement effective corrective action strategies, including the drafting and submission of voluntary disclosures when warranted.
Mr. Goodale advises clients on all aspects of compliance with U.S. import laws and regulations, including those relating to determining the proper classification, valuation, and country of origin of merchandise. He regularly represents clients in matters involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including in the preparation and submission of ruling requests, protests, petitions for relief, and prior disclosures to CBP.
In addition, he assists clients in preparing for and undergoing CBP audits (e.g., Focused Assessments). He also assists clients in developing duty savings strategies through the effective use of duty drawback, foreign trade zones and subzones, preferential duty programs, and free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).
Mr. Goodale also provides compliance counseling to government contractors on a wide range of matters covered by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). He regularly advises clients on issues relating to cybersecurity, data rights, IP protection, supply chain management, sourcing issues, and domestic content requirements.
In addition, he provides counseling to clients relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and he conducts internal investigations to ensure that clients comply with the requirements of the FCPA and other anti-bribery laws, such as the UK Bribery Act.
Mr. Goodale speaks regularly on international trade issues at conferences and seminars. In addition, he is the author of the chapter on the ITAR in the Handbook of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions published by the ABA in 2013 and a co-author of several chapters in the second edition of the ABA’s U.S. Customs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Processes and Procedures that was published in early 2016.
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