Sarah M. Nappi

Sarah Nappi, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and co-head of the Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs Practice, focuses her practice on US customs law and import regulation. She works with clients in a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, aviation, oil and gas, chemicals, electronics and consumer products. Her practice includes:

  • Conducting internal investigations of customs violations and preparing prior disclosures to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to mitigate penalty exposure 
  • Responding to government investigations and enforcement actions, including customs penalty cases, detentions and seizures 
  • Representing clients in CBP Focused Assessments, origin verification proceedings, administrative protests and ruling requests 
  • Counseling clients on tariff classification, customs valuation, origin determination, country of origin marking, duty reduction strategies, CBP protection of intellectual property rights and the application of other government agency requirements to US imports 
  • Developing, implementing and enhancing US import compliance programs, as well as preparing and delivering in-house training 
  • Performing internal controls assessments and compliance audits of US commercial import activity and developing strategies to mitigate risk 
  • Advising on customs compliance and liability considerations in corporate due diligence activities

Ms. Nappi holds a customs broker’s license from US Customs and Border Protection and is a former Co-chair of both the Customs Section of Women in International Trade and the Women's Bar Association's International Forum. She currently serves as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She is also a member of the ABA Customs Law Committee and the Customs Lawyers Association. Her publications on customs and international trade matters have included: 

  • “FTA Duty Refund Claims: Requirements, Limitations, and Practice Tips” (co-author), Thomson Reuters World Trade Executive: Practical Trade & Customs Strategies (October 15, 2013) 
  • "US Customs: A Practitioner's Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures" (contributing author), American Bar Association, International Practitioner's Deskbook Series (2009) 
  • "Recent Legal Developments Highlight NAFTA Compliance,” BNA International Trade Reporter (March 2, 2006)