Luis F. Arandia, Jr. partners with clients to deliver responsive representation in a wide range of international trade matters, including customs and import compliance, export controls, economic sanctions, and trade remedies. Luis represents clients before federal agencies that administer international trade regulations, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Census Bureau (Census), U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Luis also has deep experience in advocating for clients under agency enforcement, whether in the context of investigations, penalties, or voluntary disclosures.
Luis has extensive experience in a wide range of substantive customs issues, including tariff classification, country of origin marking, customs valuation, free trade agreements and tariff preference programs (USMCA/NAFTA), counterfeits and border enforcement of IP rights, and trade remedy (antidumping and countervailing) duties. Luis also advises clients on special tariff actions including Section 301 China tariffs, Section 301 European Union tariffs, Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, and Section 201 safeguards. He has experience with customs prior disclosures, protests, penalty petitions, compliance audits, enforcement actions before CBP, as well as trade litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He assists clients in developing and implementing effective compliance programs to help ensure that reasonable care is exercised over import matters.
Exports & Economic Sanctions
Luis guides clients through complex U.S. export control laws including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), regulations administered by OFAC, foreign trade regulations and the anti-boycott requirements administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Luis advises clients on export control enforcement actions and sanctions risk assessments. Luis also conducts internal investigations, handles voluntary self-disclosures, and designs and implements trade controls compliance programs.
He is also the Past Treasurer of the International Law Section for the State Bar of Texas (2019-2020). Luis is frequently called upon to present on international trade topics at professional conferences nationwide. Prior to joining Polsinelli, Luis practiced customs and international trade law in Houston, Texas, representing some of the largest energy companies in the world.