What is Duty Drawback?
Duty Drawback Law
First passed by the U.S. Congress in 1789, the duty drawback law found in 19 USC 1313 allows importers receive refunds on import duties on merchandise that is subsequently exported. Refunds of import duty through the drawback refund program increases U.S. export activity by making our exports more price-competitive.
Imported merchandise can be exported in either the same condition (referred to as Unused Merchandise Drawback) or following a manufacturing process (known as manufacturing drawback). Understanding the concept of “substitution” is key to assessing your company’s drawback potential.
The Substitution Provision
The substitution provision of the law applies to both Manufacturing as well as Unused Merchandise drawback allows a duty drawback claimant to match exports and imports of like, but not identical, merchandise. The regulatory requirements found in 19 CFR Part 191 requires the matching of only “commercially interchangeable”.
Think of imported apples for exported apples but of the same variety and grade. Note that the new drawback law found in HR 644 expanded the substitution concept dramatically liberalizing the rules so that any import and export that fall into the same 8 digit harmonized tariff schedule number are considered interchangeable for drawback purposes. Now think apples for apples but without regard for grade or variety.
Alliance Drawback Services
With corporate headquarters located in Southwest Florida and affiliate offices in Los Angeles and Miami, Alliance maintains a staff well-trained in the management and administration of duty drawback recovery programs.
Duty Drawback Programs
Our specialized drawback programs, processes, and personnel allow drawback claimants to maximize duty recovery while maintaining the highest degree of compliance with the drawback regulations found in 19 CFR Part 191.
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