International Trade Law

Spanning the globe, IMG’s clients retain IMG to resolve a myriad of contentious, transactional, and advisory legal issues related to international trade. In each case, IMG engenders an understanding of its clients and the markets within which they operate. IMG counsels clients on various transactions and disputes arising out of the supply chain, including: commodities contracts, issues at port, sale of goods, import/export, letters of credit, bonds, guarantees, escrow and trust arrangements, bills of lading, carriage of goods, contracts of affreightment, limitation, and insurance and reinsurance. If you have international trade law questions, we have answers.

IMG assists both carriers and cargo owners in preparing and reviewing transport and freight contracts, such as, way bills, bills of lading, and electronic bills of lading, as well as, cargo contracts, such as, general and bulk oil and grain, containerized carriage, and LNG specialist cargoes. We also advise our clients on the nuances of bills of lading law in charter party agreements. IMG rounds out its practice with a full range of litigation and arbitration services for those clients with cargo damage claims.

Recognizing that an ounce of prevention in the anti-corruption arena can be worth many millions of dollars in savings on investigative costs, government sanctions, and public exposure, IMG employs a practical approach to assist clients facing investigations. When possible, we put the right tools in place before a problem arises. If a problem has already manifested, our team supports clients with full representation in connection with the anti-corruption laws. IMG’s anti-corruption team advises clients on multi-jurisdictional and complex anti-corruption matters on both non-contentious and contentious fronts.

In addition to trade transactions and the nuances of the supply chain, IMG has a thorough understanding of the international sale of goods and the INCOTERMS that largely govern them, which enables us to support small businesses, local companies, and large entities, as each adapts to and embraces changes in international trade law.

IMG’s international trade group is a leading provider of legal services to companies engaged in international trade in the Pacific Northwest. We provide legal services to the global trading community, and our clients include trading companies in the fisheries, oil and gas, grain and soft commodity, and metals and coal sectors. We have the knowledge and experience in dispute resolution in regional and international trade matters, including financing, trading, storage, transportation, insurance, and end use. We advise on finance documentation, physical and financial trading terms, freight agreements, regulatory issues and sanctions, and environmental issues incident to trade.

Described as “the life blood of international commerce,” letters of credit, also called LCs, documentary credits, or banker’s commercial credits, are the most common method of payment for goods in international trade. IMG represents both buyers and sellers in commercial disputes involving documentary and stand-by letters of credit; IMG is very familiar with claims of wrongful honor and dishonor disputes and the applicable standards of review by courts or arbitrators.