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Customs and Global Trade

Hunt & Hunt provides specialist legal advice on the complex domestic and international issues confronting clients in the customs and global trade sectors.

While international trade conventions, free trade agreements, domestic legislation and the internet are breaking down trade barriers, the rules and regulations governing trading companies are becoming more complicated. That's why legal guidance in global trade issues is becoming increasingly important.

Over many years of practice, our legal specialists have developed close relationships with state and federal government agencies, regulators, border authorities, international organisations and peak Australian representative groups such as the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Export Council of Australia (ECA).

Our strong industry relationships help us provide clients with the latest advice on developments in customs and global trade legislation. This ensures our clients are always prepared to seize opportunities and manage the risks associated with policies and initiatives, giving them a competitive edge.


We advise clients on international trade conventions and related litigation, including arbitration on international sales and shipping contracts; aviation and maritime security obligations and insurance; charter party, bill of lading and air waybill disputes; legislative developments; and customs reporting.

Our lawyers can identify service providers to transport goods to and from overseas markets; consult on dumping investigations; advise on the sale and purchase of vessels and aircraft; structure trade financing; and advise on tariffs and valuations.

We also provide legal and advisory services on new aviation and maritime security regulations for importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders and trade financiers.


To represent the interests of its clients, Hunt & Hunt is heavily involved in Australia's free trade agreement negotiations though consultations with federal government agencies and submissions. We are well-placed to advise clients on how these pacts affect Australian and international organisations.

Through our work, we have developed strong ties with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development the Department of Agriculture, and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

To share knowledge and best practices in exporting products and services, Hunt & Hunt has entered into strategic alliances with Austrade – the Australian Government's trade promotions agency – as well as relevant representative groups such as the ECA and the FTA.

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