Emil Ford Lawyers

International Trade

Our International Trade team, headed up by Fred Chilton, is able to advise both Australian and international companies on trade related issues including:

  • the application of Incoterms; and
  • the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods;
  • regulation of, and restrictions on, the import and export of goods and services in and out of Australia, such as
    • the application of multinational and bilateral free trade agreements;
    • WTO and TRIPS;
    • the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations;
    • the Defence Strategic Goods List;
    • compliance with ITAARS and limitations on access to strategic technology.  

Fred topped International Trade Law in his Master’s degree course at Harvard and has advised on and spoken at international conferences on trade issues throughout his career.  

Some of the international matters on which Fred has worked, include:

  • enabling US exporters to benefit over European exporters of sporting goods as a result of the Australia US Free Trade Agreement;
  • advising on exports to Libya, Iraq and Iran;
  • assisting US and European defence companies to establish regimes to meet limitations on access to and use of high level technologies and classified information;
  • assisting companies to obtain subsidies without violating Australia’s international obligations; 
  • advice on and drafting of international distribution and licensing agreements;
  • establishing licensing and distribution regimes for an Australian cosmetics manufacturer and
  • advising on the importation and distribution of alcohol and other products.
Fred is an Executive member of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and an active participant in the International Bar Association at, both Committee and Council levels.
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580 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9267 9800
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