ICPA Spring Conference 2021

ICPA Spring Conference 2021

Mark your calendars! Alliance Drawback Services will be attending and presenting at the ICPA (International Compliance Professionals Association) Spring Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 28-31, 2021. This conference provides a wealth of educational information to the trade community – presented by industry leaders. If you are involved in Import/Export Compliance or Operations, Supply Chain […]

TFTEA Has Dramatically Changed The Playing Field

Duty Drawback TFTEA change

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 […]

New Duty Drawback Regime Greatly Benefits Titanium Industry

TFTEA Titanium HTS Substitution

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 […]

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

TFTEA Transition Update

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 attorneys from Regulations […]

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 […]

Section 301 Tariff Eligibility

301 China Tariff

Under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, the US Trade Representative’s Office, under the direction of the Trump Administration, initiated an investigation to determine whether China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable, unjustifiable, or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. The resulting Section 301 […]

Drawback Trade Community Wins Key Court Case

Duty Drawback 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’ […]

Understanding The New Drawback Law: The “Other” Problem

New Drawback Law - Other

The primary liberalization of the duty drawback law passed as part of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) involved redefining the substitution provision of the drawback law. While this “game-changer” will increase drawback recovery dramatically, the devil, as the saying goes, is in the details. Some background: The substitution method allows a […]

D. Luther: My Customs Broker Handles That

Customs Broker

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 […]