Cerny, Michael


Michael Cerny is Chief Legal Officer for Charter Brokerage, LLC, a Berkshire Hathaway company providing full-service customs brokerage and specializing in duty drawback. Charter files more duty drawback than any other company in the U.S. 


Cerny is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in customs and international trade matters, with extensive experience in duty drawback law and practice. He is admitted to the U.S. Court of International Trade and is a member of the Customs & International Trade Bar Association, the American Bar Association Section of International Law & Practice, the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Cerny is a member of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Trade Support Network (TSN) and was selected by CBP to serve as a TSN Trade Ambassador as well as on its Trade Leadership Council. He is also the Chair for the TSN Drawback Committee and leads the TSN Drawback Working Group. In addition to his TSN roles, Cerny serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Exporters & Importers and is Co-Chair of AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee. He also serves as the Chair of the Drawback Committee for the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America. 


Cerny received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany, where he also played varsity lacrosse for the Albany Great Danes. He received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School. Cerny writes and speaks frequently on customs and trade issues, including drawback. 

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