Skinner, Christopher H.

Christopher H. Skinner

Senior Associate

Christopher Skinner’s practice focuses on US export controls, customs regulation, US economic sanctions programs, trade remedy actions, anticorruption, and trade compliance programs and counselling. 

In addition, Chris regularly counsels clients on compliance with government ethics rules and regulations, federal lobbying disclosure laws and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Chris has represented a range of companies with respect to compliance with US export restrictions under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the US State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security and economic sanctions regulations administered by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He has also represented and counseled US importers and non-US exporters in a variety of US customs matters including ruling requests, protests, tariff classifications, seizures, prior disclosures, requests for internal advice, penalties, customs investigations, country of origin marking, valuation and duty drawback. Chris has represented both petitioners and respondents in antidumping and countervailing duty matters brought before the US Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission.

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Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

  • Developing and deploying a comprehensive export controls, customs and anticorruption compliance program for multinational industrial machine and software producer.
  • Conducting internal investigation of defense industry services provider and preparing related voluntary self-disclosure to the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
  • Conducting pre-acquisition export controls and anticorruption due diligence for acquisition of an international electronics distributor.
  • Preparing commodity classification requests and commodity jurisdiction requests for parts and components of a range of military and civilian aircraft and land vehicles and other electronic devices.
  • Counseling a US-based aircraft component manufacturer and exporter with respect to compliance with ITAR and EAR license requirements.
  • Counseling various US and non-US companies with respect to compliance with US antiboycott laws and regulations.

Customs

  • Defending a US-based firm against a challenge to its Foreign Trade Zone status brought by domestic manufacturers.
  • Representing a US-based importer before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Headquarters in a tariff classification dispute involving response to a Customs investigation, prior disclosures, a protest and a request for internal advice.
  • Preparing petitions for mitigation in CBP penalty proceedings.
  • Counseling global companies with respect to customs valuation and drawback regulations.

Trade Remedies, International Trade and Other Trade Regulatory Matters

  • Representing US-based companies in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission including successful representations of a respondent in Metal Calendar Slides from Japan (2007) and a petitioner in Raw Flexible Magnets from China (2008).
  • Advising a wide variety of global companies with respect to US federal and state government obligations under bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements and trade preference programs.
  • Counseling US and non-US companies on compliance with Buy America Act requirements in US state and federal government procurement contracts.

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D., 2003
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1996

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2006

Courts

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., E. Dist. of Virginia
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Virginia

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Vice-Chair to the American Bar Association’s Customs Law Committee 
  • Steering Committee Member for the American Bar Association’s International Law Committee

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