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Our Customs practice

Denuo’s Customs and Foreign Trade practice boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced lawyers who are capable of handling the most complex and unique projects.

Our services include comprehensive audits of foreign economic activity, legal support for clients during desk and field customs inspections, administrative and judicial appeals against decisions made as a result of such inspections, comprehensive legal support for building alternative supply chains.

We also advise on the application of sanctions, restrictions and prohibitions, representation of clients in customs authorities of all levels, in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and other specialised bodies.

Key facts and recognition

  • 5+ lawyers


Advising a number of well-known retail chains during customs inspections aimed at including licence fees, payments for software updates and the use of databases and other similar payments, dividends and VAT on licence fees, in the customs value of imported goods

Representing a Russian LNG producer in an appeal against the decisions of Vyborg Customs on the additional charge of the cost of design work performed in relation to the LNG terminal as a capital construction facility against the customs value of goods imported for construction

Advising a major US manufacturer of industrial gas turbines on trade restrictions in connection with the transfer of the mining business in Sakhalin on to Russian control


  • Customs inspections, preparation of objections to acts of customs inspections

  • Departmental and judicial appeals against decisions of customs authorities

  • Disputes related to customs value, classification and origin of goods

  • Non-tariff regulation matters, prohibitions and restrictions, sanctions, export control measures, certification and labelling

  • Intellectual property protection during the implementation of foreign trade activities

  • Comprehensive inspections (internal audit) of foreign trade operations and compliance with sanctions requirements

  • Structuring new supply chains structuring, preparing/analysing of foreign trade contracts and contracts for the provision of related services, preparation of licensing and other agreements

  • Import substitution related matters