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What is Drawback
Drawback is a very valuable scheme for exporters and importers to receive back some of the duty that was paid on imported merchandise that can be returned or destroyed. It’s important because it allows importers and exporters to recover some of the tariffs they had paid on products.
There are several types of drawback: Unused merchandise, Rejected merchandise, and manufactured goods. Each of these have their own specifications and companies such as Duty Calc can help you entirely through the process.
Manufacturing drawback typically must have a claim filed by the 3rd year from when it was imported or the 5th year that it was imported. Keeping good records of all imports and exports is crucial to filing a claim for drawback.
Unused merchandise can have a drawback claim filed within 3 years of the date of import. To get this refund the products imported must be completely unused and you have to let U.S. Customs know that before the products that are being imported are exported from its original location.
With rejected and unused merchandise a drawback claim can be filed within three years of import and you have to be able to prove that the goods imported were sent without permission from the importer. However, notice needs to be given to the U.S. Customs before that happens.
For more information on drawback and how DutyCalc can help you ascertain your best methods of recovering duties and taxes, visit our website or feel free to call with any questions.
Note that this article is not intended to provide any legal counsel regarding your ability to obtain Duty Drawback. CBP