Duty Drawback Insights

TFTEA Has Dramatically Changed The Playing Field

The Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2016 (known by its acronym TFTEA) dramatically changed the playing field for drawback claimants. The more significant changes include: A substantial liberalization of the rules for matching imports and exports for drawback purposes under the Substitution drawback provision. Specifically, the new rules eliminated the need to match at the part number level [...]

New Duty Drawback Regime Greatly Benefits Titanium Industry

The Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2016 (known by its acronym TFTEA) profoundly altered the tariff mitigation strategy commonly referred to as duty drawback refunds. The amendment of the Tariff Act represented the culmination of a nearly 12-year collaboration between the Trade Community and Customs and Border Protection in an effort to simplify the drawback program. The Duty [...]

TFTEA Transition Update: Joint Customs and Drawback Trade Community Working Group

Joint Customs and Drawback Trade Community Working Group Members of the AAEI and NCBFAA (trade compliance organizations) Drawback Committees, Alliance included, met with CBP Drawback Officials in Virginia in late August to review outstanding issues with TFTEA drawback and ACE drawback filings. The CBP contingent consisted of national-level Customs officials from the Office of Trade Commercial Operations as well as [...]

Understanding Multiple Party Drawback

Multiple Party Drawback The drawback regulations (found in 19 CFR 190) allow for the transfer of drawback rights when the importer and exporter of record are not the same entity. While either entity can submit the drawback claim to Customs (referred to as the drawback claimant), the drawback regulations grant the exporter the first right to submit the drawback claim [...]

Drawback Trade Community Wins Key Court Case

Case History The Trade Facilitation and Simplification Act of 2016 (known by its acronym TFTEA) significantly liberalized, and sought to simplify the export incentive program referred to as duty drawback. The statute mandated a two-year implementation period to allow Customs sufficient time for rulemaking and the programming changes (drawback filing was stilled mired in Customs’ legacy system ACS) needed [...]

D. Luther: My Customs Broker Handles That

It's common for importers to rely heavily on the services of their customs brokers. Customs brokers are knowledgeable professionals licensed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP"). They are "plugged in" to CBP's computer systems, and get real-time updates on changes to regulations and practices. Brokers do a complicated job with precision and speed. But there's a limit to [...]

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