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Yes, Virginia, Duty Drawback Really Does Work

Posted by Lawrence Tobia

2/11/16 5:00 PM

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The “encouragements” that Adam Smith refers to are none other than Duty Drawback. In the United States, drawback has been a fixed part of trade policy since 1789 when the Founding Fathers understood that a thriving domestic economy required robust international trade. 

By allowing exporters of products to draw back duty imposed upon its initial importation, it puts those exporters on an equal footing with their overseas competitors. 

Simply put, better-priced products sell, well, better.

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Duty Drawback – Not Just for Returns

Posted by JoShannan Kimpel

11/3/15 1:51 PM

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Fancy cocktail toothpicks, yoga pants that do not leave much to the imagination, cell phone cases that are no longer in style, and cars that were washed and detailed by Hurricane Sandy while waiting at the port are just some of the items that were imported into the U.S. with the intention of being sold. Instead, they were disposed of and drawback claimed on the duties and fees paid.

People usually think of Drawback as merchandise that is imported duty paid, then exported without entering the commerce of the U.S. However, if the merchandise is not sellable due to damage or defect (or poor taste) the merchandise may be returned to the foreign vendor or destroyed in the U.S. and a claim for drawback of duties paid can be filed. Often it is more cost effective for a foreign supplier to write off the merchandise as a loss and pay for a destruction rather than bear the costs of shipping the items back to the country of origin. This is most common when the items are damaged beyond repair (water-filled automobiles), seasonal (holiday sweaters) or just plain out of date (last years’ cell phone case). 

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We Don't Only Brew up Refunds in Drawback...

Posted by Lawrence Tobia

10/30/15 1:58 PM

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My Favorite Kind of Duty Drawback

Posted by JoShannan Kimpel

10/23/15 12:40 PM

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What do treadmills, party decorations, stereo equipment, and fun, sleeved blankets have in common? 

These are all products that have appeared on duty drawback claims that have been filed with U.S. Customs. Many everyday products that are sold in the U.S. are also sold in other countries. Items that are imported duty-paid into the U.S. prior to moving to their final destination outside the U.S. are eligible for a duty refund. 

If a company wants to import 6,000 fun, sleeved blankets in November the company must pay U.S. duty and fees on all 6,000 blankets. If the company has the intention of only selling 1,000 in the U.S. for holiday family pictures and chooses to send 5,000 to Canada for the start of indoor curling season, the company can get a refund of 99% of the duties and fees paid on the 5,000 blankets exported to Canada to warm those stylish curling fans. 

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Duty Drawback: Finding Cash in the Trash

Posted by Matt Springate

10/9/14 11:19 AM

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As seasons change, so does the make-up of your product line. If you are an apparel company, last season’s shorts and tee shirts can turn into next season's flannel underwear and parkas. Maybe you work for a technology company and the cases you make for last season’s hot phone have become less in demand since the new model came out.

So, what happens to all that unsold merchandise? Do you recycle it? Do you throw it in the dumpster in the warehouse? Does it get used for kindling at your company’s annual fall cookout? Bottom line, are you recovering any import duty on that unused merchandise that you are destroying? There’s an ‘app’ for that. Apply for Duty Drawback privileges on destroyed merchandise.

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