Get Money Back with Duty Drawbacks
A duty drawback is a refund of the duties paid on goods imported into the United States that are then exported. The drawback claimant can be either an importer, manufacturer or exporter as long as the U.S. Customs Service is provided with the proper authorization.
All drawback claims must be filed electronically in ACE.
There are two situations when a good is eligible for a duty drawback:
1) Manufacturing Drawback – when duty paid imported material is used to manufacture a product, which is exported from the United States, the US import duty may be recovered.
2) Unused Drawback – imported product that is duty paid and re-exported without any significant transformation may be recovered. It is however necessary to trace the duty-paid imported material through to export.
Accurate record keeping is required to apply for a duty drawback. The documentation needed is:
· Customs Entry (7501) data, forms and commercial invoices, shipment receipts
· Exports Bill of lading, exportation documents and export invoices
If you have never filed for a drawback, you can retroactively claim duty on exports shipped over the past three years. This allows you to qualify for a substantial refund.
Do you qualify for a duty drawback? Here are the questions to ask:
· Do you import duty paid merchandise?
· Do you purchase imported duty paid merchandise from a US Supplier?
· Do you manufacture a product using raw materials that were imported duty paid?
· Do you export merchandise that was imported duty paid?
· Do you export product with materials that imported duty was paid?