Tom Gould

Senior Director, Customs and International Trade
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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Areas of Practice

Honors & Awards

  • CSULB George Marshall Favorite Instructor Award, Fall 2017
  • CSULB George Marshall Favorite Instructor Award, Fall 2012
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TOM GOULD is Senior Director, Customs and International Trade, for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. He is based in Los Angeles, where he has been involved with the international trade community since 1989, and is affiliated with ST&R’s San Francisco office.

Mr. Gould joined ST&R after running his own customs consulting business in the L.A. area for more than a decade. A licensed customs broker and certified customs specialist, he regularly advises clients on customs and international trade compliance matters, classification, origin determination, qualification for free trade agreements and special duty reduction programs.

With the recent implementation of multiple new tariffs, companies regularly call upon Mr. Gould to advise on strategies to legally avoid or minimize duty liability. These strategies include partial country of origin shifting, tariff engineering, value adjustment, the use of de minimis provisions and other methods to reduce the impact of tariffs.

Mr. Gould is an authority on international trade transactional data analysis using ACE and other sources of import and export data. He is regularly called upon to advise the government and trade on the use of emerging technology, including blockchain, in trade compliance and transportation.

Mr. Gould leads the executive committee of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trade Support Network. He also serves on the board of the Foreign Trade Association and as committee co-chair of the American Association of Exporters and Importers Western Regional Committee. He is a member of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association and the International Compliance Professionals Association.

Mr. Gould is a sought-after speaker on international trade matters and is an instructor at California State University at Long Beach’s Center for International Trade and Transportation for the global logistics specialist professional designation. He is the author of “Apparel Classification,” a comprehensive guide that serves as a valuable resource for importers, designers, production managers, customs brokers and compliance managers.

Publications

Apparel Classification

Professional Associations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Trade Support Network, Executive Committee Leader

American Association of Exporters and Importers, Committee Co-Chair

Foreign Trade Association, Board Member

Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, Member

International Compliance Professionals Association, Member

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