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Alexander H. Schaefer

Partner

aschaefer@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2773
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Alexander H. Schaefer is a partner in the International Trade Group at the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Alex represents clients contending with U.S. import regulations, including the customs and trade remedies laws. He assists clients with a broad range of Customs issues, including tariff classification, import valuation, focused assessment audits, penalty proceedings, prior disclosures, reconciliation, special duty programs, and free trade agreements. In addition, Alex has represented both petitioners and respondents in a variety of trade remedy cases, including antidumping, countervailing duty, and Section 201 proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Alex is a member of the International Trade Group's duty recovery team, which helps companies identify opportunities to minimize import duty outlays and cut supply chain costs to increase profitability. Alex also works closely with the firm's Product Risk Management Group, which helps clients in a broad range of industries identify potential legal risks associated with new products and ventures as well as providing advice on risk management tactics and protocols.

Representative recent engagements include:

  • Counsel to Rubbermaid in Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC v. United States, in which Rubbermaid successfully argued that its cleaning system products are outside the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on Chinese aluminum extrusions.
  • Represented a multinational chemical company in a customs liquidated damages proceeding and mitigated damages from over $13 million to less than $100,000.
  • Represented the largest subject merchandise importer in the Commerce and International Trade Commission antidumping investigation of diffusion-annealed nickel-plated sheet from Japan.

Alex received his B.A. in government/international relations from Cornell University and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law (International Business Transactions track); he is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Education

  • Cornell University, B.A. government (1995)
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D. (1998)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia (inactive), U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Member: American Bar Association International Section, D.C. Bar International Section, Customs and International Trade Bar Association

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"The Month in International Trade – April 2019," International Trade Bulletin (May 13, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, John B. Brew, Robert Clifton Burns, Spencer Toubia, David Baron, David (Dj) Wolff, Brian McGrath, Cherie Walterman, Alexander H. Schaefer
Client Alert / Newsletter
"FCA Suit Brought Against Importer for Evading Customs Duties," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (April 30, 2019). Authors: Alexander H. Schaefer, Jason M. Crawford and Allegra K. Flamm.
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"Rise in Reverse FCA Cases Amidst ‘America First’ Trade Policies," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 25, 2019). Contact: Alexander H. Schaefer
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Reverse FCA Cases Rise With 'America First' Trade Policies," Law360 (April 18, 2019). Authors: Alexander H. Schaefer, Jason M. Crawford, and Allegra K. Flamm.
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"The Month in International Trade – December 2018," International Trade Bulletin (January 10, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, John B. Brew, Alexander H. Schaefer, Spencer Toubia, David Baron, Eduardo Mathison, Carlton Greene
Client Alert / Newsletter
"USTR Announces Special Review under Section 301 – Hearing Set for February 27," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (December 28, 2018). Authors: Alexander H. Schaefer and Spencer Toubia.
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"USTR Initiates Process to Levy Additional Duties on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (July 11, 2018). Authors: John B. Brew, Alexander H. Schaefer, Frances P. Hadfield, Spencer Toubia and Edward Goetz.
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Companies That Want Out Of New Steel Tariffs Describe A Nightmare CNN Money (June 30, 2018)
Media Mentions
"No Section 232 Product Exclusions for Countries Subject to Steel or Aluminum Quotas," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (June 6, 2018). Authors: Alexander H. Schaefer, Yun Gao, Cherie Walterman and Edward Goetz.
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"President Makes Decisions on Country Exemptions for Section 232 Tariffs," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (May 1, 2018). Authors: Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer and Cherie Walterman.
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