Each year approximately $20 billion in duty is collectively paid by over 300,000 importers to the U. S. Government. Roughly $1.5 to $2.3 billion of this total is available for refund. (U.S. Customs Estimates) However, only $550 million is recovered. Consequently, hundreds of millions of dollars are going unclaimed year after year. These refunds are known as "duty drawback".
Duty Drawback refunds import duties paid to Customs at the time of entry (paid by you or a supplier). Ninety nine percent (99%) of these duties can often be recovered by those who subsequently export the merchandise. Our fees are collected as a percentage of the total refunds issued to our clients by Customs.
Our approach to obtaining refunds for our clients begins with the filing of applications with the Drawback Liquidation Branch. As a National permit holder, ClearPoint International can process your drawback claims at any one of the Drawback Liquidation Branch across the Nation. The applications enable us to file drawback claims and to obtain a refund in an accelerated fashion.
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Drawback is a refund of ordinary duties or taxes paid on items imported into the United States. This refund is made following the items’ exportation or destruction. Its purpose is to stimulate American manufacturing and commerce by allowing U.S. businesses to compete in export markets without having to include import duties and taxes in their foreign sales prices. During FY98, $528 million was refunded.
Unused merchandise allows drawback on articles that are not put to use while they are in the United States.
Rejected merchandise allows drawback on items that do not meet the importer’s specifications or are found to be defective at the time of importation.
The filing of the drawback entry will consist of the submission of Customs Form (CF) 7551. The form will be completed and prepared by ClearPoint as per Customs guidelines, detailing all of the import transactions for which your company wishes to claim drawback on. The form will be filed either manually or electronically with Customs. Each import transaction may constitute the filing of its own drawback entry. Each entry may or may not require supporting documents to be submitted to Customs along with the claim. Supporting documents may include import and / or export commercial invoices, customs entry forms, waybills, and packing lists. As many entries will be filed as needed in order to claim drawback for all qualifying export transactions. A Customs single transaction bond, drawback bond, will accompany each claim.