Nick Baker is a seasoned international trade compliance professional focusing on import compliance, duty and tariff mitigation, export controls, and economic sanctions. Mr. Baker assists his clients with the development of international trade compliance programs, responding to government agency inquiries, audits, and disclosures. He has provided guidance on import and export regulatory matters to multinational corporations in industries such as technology, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, consumer products, and agriculture.
Mr. Baker leads the customs and trade service offerings in the U.S by adding value for his clients through tariff impact studies, duty reduction strategies, responding to U.S. Customs inquiries (audits, prior disclosures, administrative protests, penalty allegations), and compliance procedure enhancements. He is experienced in identifying and implementing cost saving improvements such as first sale for export, tariff engineering, valuation planning, free trade agreement eligibility, and special program applications such as foreign trade zones.
Equally knowledgeable in export control and sanctions matters, Mr. Baker offers comprehensive assistance on compliance with the EAR (dual use export controls, proliferation controls, denied persons and entities, anti-boycott), OFAC regulations (embargoes and sanctions, specially designated nationals, and blocked persons), and ITAR. He routinely performs training on the deployment of import and export compliance policies for clients around the globe.
Mr. Baker works with companies to navigate the challenging landscape of civil and criminal international trade investigations including defense against alleged fraudulent imports, antidumping duty circumvention, smuggling and transshipment, and violation of U.S. export control rules. He also supports the assessment and monitoring of ongoing corrective actions as required by agreements with various U.S. government agencies and judicial branches.
Mr. Baker draws upon his experience as a petrochemical engineer to better provide technical guidance on product classification, licensing, and the testing of trade compliance controls. Prior to FTI Consulting, Mr. Baker started his international trade career with a boutique law firm specializing in import and export regulatory matters and was most recently a member of a Big 4 consultancy’s global trade practice.