Damon Pike

Damon V. Pike

International Tax Principal, Customs & International Trade Services

BDO West Palm Beach Office



Executive Summary

Damon V. Pike leads the Customs and International Trade practice within BDO’s International Tax Services group with over 30 years experience helping multinational companies navigate the complex rules governing the cross-border movement of goods and services.

Prior to launching his own firm in 2006, Damon spent 12 years with a Big Four firm as the National Director of the Customs Services practice. He has experience in the legislative and judicial branches of the federal government and was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the Atlanta-based law firm of Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Townsend).

Damon is renowned for his insights in harmonizing transfer pricing policies and customs valuation requirements as part of designing in-house customs and trade compliance programs. He is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, where he teaches Customs Law based on the book he co-authored of the same name, the only U.S. law school casebook ever published in this field.

Professional Affiliations

Admitted to the Bars of North Carolina and the District of Columbia
Admitted to the Bars of the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court
Customs and International Trade Bar Association
District Export Council, state of Georgia, 2015-present (term ending 2019)


Law Degree, Wake Forest University
Postgraduate Fellowship (German Academic Exchange Service), University of Regensburg (Germany)
Undergraduate with Honors, Duke University
International Business, University of Copenhagen
International Business, Friedrich-Alexander University (Germany)


May 08, 2020

USMCA To Take Effect July 1, 2020
On April 24, 2020, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that Canada and Mexico have taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), and that the agreement will enter into force on July 1, 2020. USMCA will replace the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

April 24, 2020

U.S. Issues 90-Day Postponement of Certain Tariffs
On April 18, the White House announced it would allow some companies to delay payment of import tariffs due to economic hardship triggered by the new coronavirus. The following day, the Treasury Department, in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, issued a temporary final rule to allow companies to delay for 90 days the payment of tariffs on certain goods coming into the U.S. from March 13, 2020, through April 30, 2020.