Lawrence Tobia

Lawrence Tobia
For more than 25 years, Larry has been working with the U.S. trade community designing, implementing and managing Customs duty and fee recovery programs. He's worked for companies in every industry, including automotive, chemical, retail, and pharmaceutical. Nearly half of that time was spent as the Vice President of a prominent drawback specialist and customhouse brokerage firm in New York City. Since 1999, Larry has been Principal for Drawback Services at Tradewin.

Recent Posts

US Postponement and the Drawback Process

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As many of our readers are aware, on April 19th, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the postponement of duties for formal entries of merchandise entered, or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption in March and April 2020 for importers experiencing significant financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

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Holy Cow, the Drawback Program Is Actually (and Finally) Changing

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On February 24, 2016, the president signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). Among its key provisions is the very long awaited liberalization of the U.S. Drawback program. Although its official enactment will occur on Feb. 24, 2018 and the regulations governing the new program have yet to be written, summarized below are its key provisions along with commentary by yours truly:

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Yes, Virginia, Duty Drawback Really Does Work

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

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Duty Drawback: Looking Beyond the Obvious


Savings-SignThe US government offers businesses the opportunity to recoup the duties they pay on imported goods that are taxed, subsequently exported, and taxed again. An astonishing estimate of $2.5 billion of those monies is unclaimed by businesses eligible for duty drawback.

The basics of a drawback program may appear straightforward, but the complexities of drawback reveal the true potential for significant duty recovery. It is worth taking the time to look when the payback has so much potential.

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Topics: Duty Drawback