Zave Kaufman

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Zave Kaufman
Attorney

Customs and International Trade Law Specialist


With 20 years’ experience working at two leading customs brokerage and logistics service providers, Zave Kaufman has acquired a unique understanding of the daily challenges faced by a wide range of industry sectors and the trade community at large when dealing with customs and trade related issues and the ever changing regulatory requirements of both Canadian and US Customs authorities.

« For close to 20 years, my career has been spent in the trenches, working daily with importers and exporters on problems they face getting their goods through Customs, while striving to ensure both client satisfaction and trade compliance » – Z. Kaufman.

Serving a wide range of clients and industry sectors

Thanks to his strong network of Canadian and U.S. government contacts, and his ability to anticipate and develop efficient solutions, Zave Kaufman counsels companies of all sizes, from small and mid-size businesses to multinational corporations in mitigating trade related risk for customs compliance issues such as tariff classification, value for duty, country of origin, export controls, marking, tariff treatment, record keeping and voluntary disclosure.

« From vehicles to chemicals, textiles, food, animal and plant imports, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, steel and metals, every industry sector has its own set of regulations, not to mention the respective agencies which are involved in any pre-import product approval process » – Z. Kaufman.

Zave Kaufman also advises importers and exporters in regards to packaging and labeling issues, SIMA investigations and pleadings, GST applications including guidance for non-resident importers, quota issues, duty deferral, free trade agreements, tariff relief requests, AMPS appeals, hazardous goods restrictions, and qualifying companies under both the C-TPAT and PIP security regimes.

Representation

His practice includes client representations before government officials and pleadings at both the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) and the Federal Court of Canada.

Company training

He develops and provides in-house, tailor-made customs training seminars as well as individualized (customs) compliance programs and manuals.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

Education

  • Québec Bar Association, 1987
  • Bachelors in Civil Law, Université de Sherbrooke, 1986
  • Bachelors in Science, Concordia, 1976

Teaching

He has also designed and developed course plans in international trade and financial payment and financing techniques that he delivers at both the college and university levels here in Canada and abroad, including Cégep Marie-Victorin (College) in Canada and Kaifeng University, Kaifeng, Henan Province, China.