Firms To Watch: International trade (IT&C)

Gálvez, Risso, Zegarra & Asociados' international trade and customs practice is led by name partner Carlos Zegarra; the team’s broad offering sees it advising on valuation, tariff classification, operational regimes and benefit matters, among others.

International trade (IT&C) in Peru

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International

The international commerce and trade team at Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International advises top domestic and international companies and trade associations on the gamut of trade issues and is able to leverage support from its large global network in relation to cross-border matters. Advising on both contentious and non-contentious issues, the team is well versed in finding alternative remedies to trade barriers and complex operations, economic sanctions and trade embargos, customs issues, international trade agreements and World Trade Organisation (WTO) matters. Luis Alonso Garcia heads the practice with over 25 years of experience and, as former vice minister of Foreign Trade, is a key practitioner for trade matters in the Peruvian market. Gonzalo Bernal focuses on foreign trade and customs and is noted for both advisory work and litigation, and principal associate Walter Robles Gonzales is also recommended. Since publication, García has left to establish his own firm - effective as of February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Luis Alonso García


The customs and tax area is very good and we are satisfied with the way in which they handle the delegated cases.’

‘They keep us informed with newsletters about regulatory changes and practical advice on the impact of those changes.’

‘They are very clear about tax and customs regulations and present us with appropriate strategies that have a positive impact on the business.’

Key clients

Sociedad Nacional de Industrias

Asociación Peruana de Agroindustriales del Azúcar y Derivados – APAAD

Cámara de Comercio de Lima – Sub comité de importadores de alimentos

LATAM Airlines

Agrofino Foods

IBM del Perú

Homecenters Peruanos

Financiera OH!



Work highlights

  • Permanently advising APAAD regarding current policymaking and trends related to agribusiness.
  • Advised the Lima Chamber of Commerce – subcommittee of food importers on a dispute with INDECOPI relating to mandatory health warnings on imported products.
  • Advised the National Society of Industries on a dsipute relating to the labelling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in imported food and beverages.

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Led by Julio Guadalupe, the international trade and customs team at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados balances a broad practice, covering a range of customs planning and international trade operation matters, with a focus on the mining, oil and gas, power, technology, telecoms and automotive sectors. On the contentious side, it handles customs claims and appeals before the local authorities, including the National Institute for the Defence of Competition and Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR). Guadalupe acts for high-profile multinational companies and is deputy chair of the Logistics and Customs Committee at the Lima Chamber of Commerce. At the associate level, strong support is provided by senior Juan Acuña, who is a name to note for customs and indirect tax planning and litigation before the Tax Court, and Joan Tello, who is recommended for administrative procedures.

Practice head(s):

Julio Guadalupe


‘They maintain close contact with the client and have a high sense of urgency. They care about knowing the client as well as their processes and business and this facilitates the analysis and advice.’

‘Quality of service. Efficiency. Timeliness. Close contact with the client. I highlight Julio Guadalupe’s work in foreign trade and customs. Outstanding.’

Key clients

Compañia Goodyear del Peru

Volvo Peru


Omnilife Peru

Hudbay Perú

Southern Peru Copper Corporation Sucursal del Peru

Grupo Fierro

Tecnológica De Alimentos – Tasa

Minera Chinalco Peru

Quimica Suiza

Qsi Peru

Compañía Minera Antamina

Cofaco Industries

Operaciones Arcos Dorados De Peru


Entel Peru

San Fernando


Kallpa Generacion

Master Foods Peru Sociedad Comercial De Responsabilidad Limitada

El Pedregal

Trading Fashion Line

Kuehne + Nagel

Schneider Electric Peru

Bunge North America

Bunge Latin America

Bunge Perú

Imk Maderas

Compañia Molinera Del Centro

Aris Industrial

Tcl International Peru

Anglo American Quellaveco

Immunotec Peru

Southern Textile Network

Fosforera Peruana

Corporación Lindley



Microsoft Peru

Kimberly Clark Peru

Latam Airlines Peru

Toyota Del Peru

Britt Peru

Consorcio De Productores De Fruta

Pan American Silver

Minera Shouxin Peru

Solgas S.A.

Terminales Portuarios Euroandinos Paita

Luz Del Sur


Avianca Holdings

Papelera Del Sur

Skechers Latina America

Skechers Peru

Alimentos Polar Peru

Honeywell Perú

Erickson Aviation Perú

Mars Incorporated


APM Terminals Inland Services

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Huawei Del Perú

CBC Peruana


TLC International Perú

Cela Cosmeticos Perú

Komatsu-Mitsui Maquinarias Peru

Pochteca Peru

Danper Trujillo

Equinox International

Marathon Casa De Deportes

Sistemas Oracle Del Peru

Asurion Peru

Sociedad Productora y Distribuidora

Lacoste Peru

Cencosud Peru

La Calera

Bechtel Chile

Gases Del Norte Del Peru

Trafigura Peru

Cirion Technologies Peru

Work highlights

  • Representing Compañia Goodyear Del Per in a judicial proceeding concerning whether royalty payments should be added to the customs value of the imported goods in accordance with WTO customs valuation rules.
  • Representing Danper Trujillo in an appeal before the Tax Court and the Peruvian Customs Authority regarding the rejection of the drawback reimbursements obtained by the company in 2015.
  • Provided legal advice to Anglo American Quellavec to structure its export operations considering various scenarios to deliver products to its foreign clients.

Hernández & Cía

Hernández & Cía is well known in the market for its knowledge of customs regime structures and customs procedures; it handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and represents large multinational clients in customs and tax litigation before the authorities. Other areas of focus include compliance, tariffs, international trade structures and international trade disputes. Practice head Leonardo Lopez is a veteran practitioner with considerable experience in tax, international trade and customs issues, and more specifically, assists clients with valuations, planning and tariffs matters. Senior associate Miguel Ángel Campos is registered as a customs broker and is a member of the Association of Certified Customs Agents of Peru (AATA); he offers clients niche expertise in maritime and port law, as well as customs planning and compliance. Paloma Velásquez Bolognesi is another key associate. Since publication, Campos has been promoted to principal associate - effective as of February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo López Espinoza


‘The team manages everything related to foreign trade, is fully trained and up to date with the law and advises us in a timely manner.’

‘I highlight the agility and disposition of Paloma Velásquez.’

‘The knowledge, kindness and willingness they have to manage our account.’

Key clients



Distribuidora Puma

Grupo Falabella

Empresa Editora El Comercio

Grupo Sandoval

Forsac Peru

Dp World Group – Neptunia

Grupo Trafigura

Procter & Gamble Perú

Work highlights

  • Providing customs advice to Anglo American Quellaveco to optimise its operations.
  • Provided legal advice to Tramarsa in a judicial process against the Customs Administration.
  • Providing legal advice on international trade and customs valuation rules to Hasbro.

DS Casahierro Abogados

DS Casahierro Abogados acts for foreign and domestic importers, exporters and trade operators in international trade, logistics and customs matters and is particularly active in the agricultural, automotive, construction, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. Key areas of expertise include international sale of goods contracts, the enforcement of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), customs planning and WTO matters. Charles Castle leads the practice and is recommended for audit processes, administrative and judicial procedures, and international trade contracts, while senior associate Enrique Vargas handles the implementation of FTAs and the application of tax–customs benefits, customs valuation and tariff classification.

Practice head(s):

Charles Castle; Enrique Vargas


‘In my opinion, the services provided by the International Trade, Logistics and Customs area of ​​DS Casahierro Abogados are first class.’

‘The level of specialisation and experience of its lawyers allows for practical solutions to complex legal issues.’

‘Speed and quality of the responses is good.’

Key clients

Maersk Line Perú

Topy Top


C.H. Robinson worldwide Perú

QSI Perú

Trading Fashion Line


Automotores Gildemeister – Perú

Maquinaria Nacional Perú

Motor Mundo

KPMG Argentina

APM Terminals Inland Services

Andritz Hydro Group

AGP Group

Naviera Transoceánica


Bertling – Transgas Tankers

Transgas Tankers

Petrolera Transoceánica

Corporación Aceros Arequipa

Menta Perú

Packaging Products del Perú

Grupo Kiyan

Seacorp Perú

Transgas Shipping Lines

P&E Soluciones Industriales

Citikold del Perú

Swissgas del Ecuador

ADM Andina Perú

SLI Aduanas

CLAdirect Perú

Telefónica Cybersecurity & Cloud Tech Peru

Concretos Supermix

Racionalización Empresarial

Mareauto Peru

Ceragon Networks Perú

García & Bodan Attorneys & Counselors at Law

React Latin America

PC Moda

Seafoodia Peru

A. Montenegro y CIA


Aplex Trading

Cafetalera Amazónica



Global Aduana

Caoba Inmobiliaria

Landmark Holdings

Grupo Capital Pacífico

Asociación Colegio Casuarinas

Truckslogic International Holding



NHOA Americas

Topsa Perú


Laboratorios Lansier

Landmark Holdings

Vínculos Agrícolas

Andes Textiles Perú

Fall Creek Perú

Luis García Miró

Luis Murdoch

Yacht Club Peruano

Kalpataru Power Transmission

Industrias Criogénicas del Perú

Work highlights

  • Advised Ceragon Networks Perú on an administrative proceeding in which the matter under discussion was tax collection by customs.
  • Providing legal sponsorship to QSI Perú in a judicial proceeding, which concluded with a preliminary ruling that the collection alleged by customs is illegal.
  • Providing legal sponsorship to Topsa Perú in an administrative proceeding in which the matter under discussion is tax collection by customs.

Garcia-Godos & Lindley-Russo

Boutique trade law firm Garcia-Godos & Lindley-Russo covers all aspects of international trade and border controls, with particular expertise in WTO matters and logistics issues. It acts for large foreign and domestic companies and trade organisations and has recently advised on a number of matters pertaining to the importation of foods and controlled goods, utilising its knowledge of trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPM). Practice head Eduardo García-Godos is a well-known trade practitioner, with high-level knowledge of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement; he also assisted many companies and government clients in relation to restrictive measures around trade implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alfredo Lindley-Russo is noted for matters relating to market access barriers and is active in the food and beverage, cosmetics and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo García-Godos


‘Extensive experience in international trade and customs issues. The team knows international trade in a comprehensive way.’

‘Eduardo García-Godos responds in a timely and effective manner.’

Key clients

Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)


Nathan Associates Inc


Trade Facilitation Office Canadá

Helvetas Swiss Cooperation (SECO)

Nathan Associates Inc

Frigorífico La Nacional

Hudson Analitix

Work highlights

  • Advised the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) on the identification of international trade facilitation gaps in Latin America.
  • Advised Hudson Analytix on the implementation of a $6m project to implement a Port Community System in the Callao Port of Peru.
  • Advised the Secretariat of the National Committee for Trade Facilitation (NTFC) on the adoption and implementation of a reform tracker tool designed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).