Carlos Rodriguez

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Transportation
  • Asia
  • Commercial Contracting
  • Customs & Trade
  • International
  • Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Logistics
  • Maritime
  • UK
  • Europe & Middle East
  • Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.378.2365
Fax: 202.378.2319
University University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1964; Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.A., 1971
Law SchoolSeton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1975
Admitted1975, New Jersey; 1975, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1978, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1977, District of Columbia; 1992, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 1998, U.S. Supreme Court; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

A member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, Carlos concentrates his practice in international and domestic transportation law. He skillfully navigates his maritime clients through the complexities of regulation and compliance in matters administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other governing bodies. He also coordinates global and U.S. acquisitions and mergers of multinational companies. Throughout his career, Carlos has routinely handled complex informal and formal litigation including rulemaking matters before the Federal Maritime Commission.

Carlos has deep experience with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) at the Department of State and with the Export Administration Regulations of the Department of Commerce. He frequently advises on regulatory licensing issues, including assisting clients in licensing, registration and voluntary disclosures when required. He works with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on sanctioned country issues, including those related to Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea, Burma and others.

Assisting clients in implementing compliance and standard operating procedures, Carlos minimizes risk with regard to export compliance matters. He provides counseling to clients on “deemed export” issues in the context of foreign nationals visiting or working in the U.S. to avoid violations of the export compliance regulations. He also counsels clients on exposure to violations arising from goods being re-exported.

In addition to drafting and negotiating service contracts with ocean steamship lines, Carlos represents shipyard and other interests before the Maritime Administration, the Military Sealift Command, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. He provides advice to U.S. domiciled multinationals with regard to obtaining facility and staff security clearances from the Department of Defense (DOD) for handling classified defense articles and on countering issues with the Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence program. Carlos advises and assists global logistics firms in negotiating and implementing distribution and warehousing agreements in the U.S. and abroad.

Carlos counsels U.S. logistics companies with regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program.

Carlos has been involved with commercial development in China since the late 1970s, before diplomatic relations were established. He also frequently delivers lectures to various international transportation industry associations. He is a liaison between shippers, shippers' associations, transportation intermediaries, shipyards, Congress and government agencies.

Before joining the firm, Carlos was with Rodriguez O'Donnell in Washington, D.C. He was a U.S. Navy officer (1964-1967) and an investigator and trial attorney with the Federal Maritime Commission (1971-1978) before entering private practice.

Awards and Recognitions
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

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Business Insights
8.06.14 NVOCCs - China Registration - Why and How
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Webinar
5.14.14 OTIs and Ocean Carriers in the U.S.: Impact of Importers Filing for Bankruptcy
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Webinar
5.07.14 Update On Federal Maritime Commission Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) for New OTI Rules, Quick Caller
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Article
12.18.13 Ocean Transportation Intermediaries in the Crossfire
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
12.10.13 The International Supply Chain Going Into 2014: Insight and Oversight
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Seminar St. Louis, MO
12.01.13 Counterfeit Cargo Trends in Ocean Transport, American Shipper
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Article
11.21.13 Proposed Steamship Alliance Could Impact Global Shipping Market
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Alert
11.01.13 Ocean Transportation Intermediaries in the Cross-Fire, Newsletter, New York New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association Inc.
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Article
10.16.13 Now and After the Shutdown: Key Issues for Shipping Industry Stakeholders
10.02.13 Draft of Rules of the China Food and Drug Administration: Legislative Procedures Opened for Public Comment
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog

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4.04.12 Husch Blackwell Adds Depth to its International Practice Group
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release


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West Coast Ocean Cargo Congestion: Facts and Remedies
Carlos Rodriguez, December 8, 2014
All importers and exporters which ship through West Coast ocean ports are by now truly concerned about their cargo being on the shelves in time for sale during the holiday season, and on the export side that their cargo might not reach their buyers any time soon. To add insult to injury, most, if...

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Carlos Rodriguez

750 17th Street, NW, Suite 900
WashingtonDC 20006


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