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John B. Brew

Phone: +1 202.624.2720
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

John Brew is the co-chair of Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group and a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He has extensive experience in import and export trade regulation, and he regularly advises corporations, trade associations, foreign governments, and non-governmental organizations on matters involving customs administration, enforcement, compliance, litigation, legislation and policy.

John represents clients in proceedings at the administrative and judicial levels, as well as before Congress and the international bureaucracies that handle customs and trade matters. He advises clients on all substantive import regulatory issues handled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, such as classification, valuation, origin, marking, tariff preference programs, other agency regulations, admissibility, import restrictions, quotas, drawback, audits, prior disclosures, penalties, investigations, Importer Self Assessment and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism programs, importations under bond, the Jones Act, vessel repairs, and foreign trade zone matters.

John has assisted clients in a broad array of industries (chemical, pharmaceutical, petroleum, textile, apparel and footwear, food and agricultural, machinery, equipment and electronics, and household goods), providing creative solutions that enable clients to obtain significant duty savings and mitigate draconian customs penalties. 

His practice also includes representation of clients in other international trade areas, such as export controls; sanctions; market access; World Trade Organization-related matters; bilateral, multilateral and regional trade agreements; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; anti-boycott, anti-dumping and countervailing duty actions; short supply proceedings; Section 201; Section 232, Section 301; Section 337; and other import relief actions.

John is a co-editor and author for the ABA's International Practitioner's Deskbook, U.S. Customs: A Practitioner's Guide to Principles, Processes and Procedures, the interview editor for Kluwer Law’s Global Trade and Customs Journal, and was a member of the International Trade Law360 Editorial Advisory Board in 2014. John has been recognized by Chambers USA, in the area of International Trade: Customs; Chambers Global in the area of International Trade, U.S., The Best Lawyers in America in the area of International Trade and Finance Law, Who's Who Legal in the area of Trade and Customs, and Super Lawyers in the area of International. He recently won the 2020 Client Choice Award for International Trade in the U.S.

Representative Experience

  • Assisting clients in implementing global duty recovery programs, obtaining significant duty refunds and savings by obtaining relief through Section 201, 232 and 301 tariff exclusions, Miscellaneous Tariff Bills, tariff engineering, first sale valuation, free trade agreements, tariff remission, antidumping reviews, drawback and free trade zones.          
  • Helping clients establish import compliance and cargo security programs and become C-TPAT and ISA members. 
  • Representing a home textile manufacturer in a favorable classification decision before Customs, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and advising the company on multilateral and bilateral textile agreements. 
  • Counseling U.S. importers on Customs valuation issues, including audits, intracompany transfer pricing, three-tiered transactions, buying agency agreements and assists. 
  • Advising U.S. importers and exporters of aviation, automobile, food, beverage, chemical, construction, pharmaceutical, plastic, textile, apparel, and petroleum products during NAFTA verifications conducted by United States, Canadian and Mexican Customs officials, and advising multi-national clients on other free trade agreement origin verifications in the United States, EU and Asia. 
  • Defending U.S. importers and manufacturers against Customs penalty, liquidated damages, detention, seizure, and forfeiture actions, including obtaining dismissal of $5 million Customs penalty claim against importer by the U.S. Court of International Trade. 


  • City of London Polytechnic (1983)
  • Bucknell University, B.A. (1985)
  • The Dickinson School of Law, J.D. (1988) staff editor, Dickinson Law Review


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of International Trade

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"Bipartisan Legislation to Address Issues Involving China Outlined in Proposed Strategic Competition Act of 2021," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 14, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Clayton Kaier.
"Customs CAATSA Ruling: Apparel Protest Denied over Forced Labor Concerns," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (April 1, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Laurel Saito and Clayton Kaier.
"U.S. Calls Out Foreign Trade Barriers: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Releases 2021 National Trade Estimate Report," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 31, 2021). Authors: Robert Holleyman, John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Clayton Kaier.
"Trouble for Importers on the “First Sale” Horizon?," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 30, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew and Maria Vanikiotis.
"Forced Labor Enforcement by CBP: What We Know and What’s Coming," International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA) Spring Conference (March 29, 2021). Speaker: John B. Brew.
"CBP Finds Disposable Gloves Made in Malaysia Are Manufactured with Forced Labor," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 29, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Laurel Saito.
"CBP Section 321 – Domestic Warehouses and Fulfillment Centers Administrative Ruling," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (February 24, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield and Clayton Kaier.
"European Commission Unveils New Trade Strategy," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (February 24, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield and Clayton Kaier.
Chambers Ranks Three Practice Groups and Ten Lawyers in 2021 Global Guide (Feb.23.2021)
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"Biden Decides Against Increased Tariffs in EU-U.S. Aircraft Subsidy Dispute," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (February 12, 2021). Authors: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Spencer Toubia, Edward Goetz and Clayton Kaier.

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