Duty Drawback

Duty Drawback 


What is Duty Drawback?    

Duty DrawbackDuty drawback means receiving a refund for your paid Customs duties on imported products that have been exported back out of the United States, or after exporting a product that has been manufactured with those products. Importers can receive up to 99% of their previously paid duties.  A shipper can retroactively claim duty drawback back five years.

Scarbrough’s Consulting Team is well versed in Duty Drawback and prides itself on being known for putting more money in its clients’ pockets.  Scarbrough’s ACE and Duty Drawback experts make for a seamless process when it comes to obtaining a refund check from CBP.




What type of importer/exporter should consider Duty Drawback ? 

An importer that knows it will be exporting a previously imported product should look into the Duty Drawback program. Industries that have used the program extensively over the years include chemicals, steel, tobacco, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, auto and electronics parts, textiles and apparel, wines, sugars, and citrus products

When is Duty Drawback most beneficial?   

When the duty refund from Duty Drawback is high enough to cover the costs of administrating a duty drawback program.

It will NOT be beneficial if:       

  • an importer is going to export one time only, unless the product is high value
  • an importer is importing a duty free product
  • an importer is importing a product that qualifies for a Free Trade Agreement

What should an importer be cautious of when pursuing Duty Drawback? 

There are certain administrative costs to get set up with a continuous duty drawback program. An importer will want to significantly outweigh those costs.  If an importer plans on exporting an imported item, it helps to analyze the Duty Drawback program prior to pursing.

Moreover, unused merchandise requires a notice of intent signed by CBP before the goods are exported. A company that wants to export their imported goods must ensure they’ve taken these steps. Scarbrough can do this for you.

What else should I know about Duty Drawback? 

If you’ve been exporting imported product and not claiming drawback, there is a one time provision that allows an importer to retroactively claim back up to 3 years of duty.

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How can Scarbrough help me? 

Scarbrough’s Trade Compliance Consulting Division is known for its experts in U.S. Customs Compliance and has close relationships with related parties and international trade law partners in place to assist you in need.  Scarbrough has assisted in numerous organizations to develop continuous Duty Drawback programs and consulted whether or not an organization should pursue.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Duty Drawback Forms

Duty Drawback Questionnaire

Scarbrough Agreement to Provide Services

Documents Required for Evidence

Compliance Procedures

Proof of Export

Duty Drawback Resource Page

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About Scarbrough

Scarbrough, headquartered in Kansas City with local presence in every major port in the world, is a complete international and domestic supply chain service provider, offering U.S., Mexico, and Canada Customs brokerage, Import & Export Transportation Solutions, Domestic brokerage and asset-based trucking, Warehouse Fulfillment services, Trade Compliance Consulting, Large Equipment and Project Cargo moves, as well as Parcel Audit Savings.  Scarbrough is widely known for its trade experts, free training, personalized customer service, customized solutions, and data analytics tools.  Since 1984, Scarbrough has continued to satisfy its clients by following its motto on a daily basis: “It is our job to make your job easier.”  Moreover, our team of experts is available at your disposal.  We offer free 20 minute consultations on any topic from supply chain optimization and duty savings opportunities to the basics, helping to guide new importers and exporters as they jump into the world of global trade.