Customs and foreign trade criminal law

Companies engaged in foreign trade have to consider numerous national, international and supra-national laws when involved in import and export business, trading and brokering, capital and payments, as well as in all other spheres of business activity and the risk of criminal prosecution is correspondingly high.  Foreign trade, embargo and customs law violations may also trigger and be the subject of internal investigation.

Foreign trade law is, however, not just binding for trade alone and the financial industry, for example, is also subject to foreign trade law restrictions – as anti-terrorism regulations alone show. Internationally-active banks also operate more frequently in the taut area between national regulations and guidelines from other jurisdictions, which may have legal consequences and/or administrative fines in terms because of the non-observance of boycotts.  

Accordingly, preventive customs and foreign trade counselling has a high priority at the LIVONIUS Rechtsanwälte. This is all the more relevant as the public increasingly pays attention to appropriate press reports.

Image losses can be significant, even if it turns out to be unfounded suspicion of criminal law at the end of an investigation. Because of reliability tests carried out by authorities, company directors and/or officers or officials such as export managers or those responsible for customs are particularly burdened by customs and foreign commercial criminal investigations.