Ours is one of the few firms in India having a dedicated International Trade/ WTO practice group. The practice group consists of leading legal practitioners including lawyers who as government officers in the past have contributed to the evolution of the trade policy in India. The practice group is therefore well-positioned to understand the complexities involved in these matters and accordingly provide assistance to clients.
The services offered by the International Trade/ WTO practice group includes assistance in anti-dumping investigations, safeguard investigations and other types of trade remedial investigations WTO Dispute and WTO Policy advisory. The Group has extensive experience in the area of Customs laws as well as the Foreign Trade Policy.
The Firm has represented clients in antidumping, safeguards, and countervailing proceedings before authorities, including the Directorate General of Antidumping, Directorate General of Safeguards, Customs, Excise, and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal, High Courts of India, The Supreme Court of India, and the European Commission.
We have acted for various exporters. Importers and users across several industries including chemicals, rubber, paper, pharmaceuticals, steel, and high technology goods. We have also advised Indian exporters on anti-circumvention investigations in other jurisdictions.
As quoted in Chambers Asia Pacific, “Luthra & Luthra is a well-respected firm and its international trade practice has excellent performance”
Mr. Sanjeev Sachdeva is a Partner in the Tax practice at Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India. Sanjeev has over four decades’ experience in the area of Customs, GST, Service Tax, Central Value Added Tax (CENVAT, also called Central Excise) and VAT / Central Sales Tax (CST), and has in-depth understanding of all the Indirect Taxes. Sanjeev also has extensive experience in dealing with issues related to the foreign trade policy and issues related to Special Economic Zones (SEZ).
Before joining Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India, Sanjeev has been a member of the elite Indian Revenue Service. He has the distinction of having worked in the administration, enforcement and legislation of laws related to customs, central excise and service tax. During his stint with the Indian Revenue Service, Sanjeev has handled the assessment and customs clearance of imports and exports at three major Ports (Mumbai, Kolkata and Haldia) and two major international airports (Mumbai and Kolkata). In addition, Sanjeev has the unique experience of having been associated with Policy making as Director in the Tax Research Unit of the Department of Revenue, Government of India. In this capacity he was, most notably, associated with the conceptualization and drafting of many of the current laws in vogue in the areas of customs, central excise and service tax, including the Valuation Rules, Central Excise Rules, CENVAT Credit Rules and the laws related to Service Tax regime.
While in the Revenue Service, Sanjeev as Additional Director General headed two apex enforcement agencies, namely, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Directorate of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI). He had an outstanding professional career with the Indian Revenue Services, and was conferred with the Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for Specially Distinguished Record of Service on the occasion of Republic Day, 1999.
Sanjeev also appears before departmental adjudicating authorities, the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), VAT Tribunals, High Courts, Supreme Court, FEMA Authorities, Settlement Commission and the Authority on Advance Rulings.