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

5 Things to Know About Duty Drawback in the Automotive Industry

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Hello Friends. Just a reminder that billions of eligible drawback dollars go unclaimed each & every year here in the US. Yep..…you heard that right. In this new year and tough economy, we should be looking at every opportunity to positively impact the bottom line. If you haven’t established a duty drawback program, there is no better time than the present. Understanding and effectively utilizing duty drawback is crucial for automotive OEMs to thrive in the face of global competition.

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Topics: Duty Drawback

What to Expect From a CBP Full Desk Drawback Review (FDR)

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Congratulations, you’ve successfully transmitted a Duty Drawback claim to U.S. Customs and Border Protection! Whether this is your first claim or just one of many, an accepted claim feels like an accomplishment, especially given the complexity of the Modernized Drawback regulations. At this point, many traders may believe their part is over and it’s time to sit back and collect the refund, right? Well, maybe not. Picture this… while (patiently) waiting for your refund, you receive a CBP Request for Information, also known as a CF28, and a notification letter from a CBP Drawback Specialist that your claim requires additional information to be processed, in the form of a Full Desk Review (FDR) - three words that strike fear into even the most seasoned trade professional. Now what?

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Topics: Duty Drawback

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the postponement of duties for formal entries of merchandise entered, or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption in March and April 2020 for importers experiencing significant financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

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Topics: Duty Drawback, North America

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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Topics: Duty Drawback

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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Topics: Duty Drawback, Export Consulting, North America