Alliance Drawback Services, Inc.

Duty Drawback

Who Are We? Founded in 2001, Alliance Drawback Services, a drawback specialty firm, provides drawback services related to the implementation, administration, and management of duty drawback recovery programs. Alliance provides a turnkey drawback solution that transfers the administrative burden of the drawback process from your company to Alliance's staff of professionals. We assist the trade community in collecting tens of millions in drawback recoveries each year. Prominent drawback clients include Sunsweet Growers, Logitech and Control 4 Corporation to name a few.

What is Duty Drawback? 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 assessing your company's drawback potential. The substitution provision of the law applies to both Manufacturing as well as Unused Merchandise drawback allows a 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.

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. 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. To find out more about how your company can benefit from the duty drawback provision of the Customs Regulations, contact us at 239.260.7095 for a no cost/no obligation consultation and assessment of your potential drawback program.

Drawback Eligibility

Duty Drawback Refund Experts

As a drawback specialist, we offer claimants a turnkey drawback solution that allows them to participate in the program with a minimal commitment of personnel resources. We customize our approach to meet the unique requirements of each of our drawback clients.

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The Duty Drawback Process

We take full responsibility for the drawback process from the initial implementation of the program to the filing of drawback claims. Our success is based on our excellent relationship with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and knowledge of the laws.

Custom Duty Drawback Programs
Drawback Claims

Regulatory Compliance

During the implementation visit we will review the types of records routinely required to substantiate claims during a Customs audit. While only a small portion of claimants will actually be audited, we prepare for the possibility of an audit from the inception of the program.

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Duty Drawback FAQs


Is duty required on U.S. made goods returning to the U.S.? U.S. made goods returning to the United States are usually eligible for duty-free treatment. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) allows U.S. made products to return to the U.S. without duty requirements.

What is Duty Drawback?

Article by Tony Nogueras February 21, 2018

New Drawback Law

Drawback Definition

Article by Anthony Nogueras, Founder and CEO of Alliance Drawback Services
"TFTEA Drawback Update: The Day of Reckoning is Upon Us"
This week we enter the transition period from historical drawback regime to the new era promulgated by the TFTEA (Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 also referred to as the New Drawback Law) which officially becomes operational Saturday, 2/24/18. Alliance staff will begin submitting claims via the new drawback module in ACE on this date. We are hoping for the best, but the more cynical among us fears a complete initial failure of the ACE drawback module once live filing commences on Saturday. In the absence of regulations finalized in time for the new law’s implementation date on 2/24/18, CBP decided to issue temporary interim rulemaking for drawback filers and brokers. The impact on all these monumental changes will vary for each filer based on the applicable legal provision. Alliance's team can assess a claimant's program and develop a filing strategy that compliantly maximizes recovery. Click on the image to get the Interim TFTEA Drawback Claims Guide. Read this entire article and make your comments on our blog at

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Duty Drawback

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New Drawback Law

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TFTEA Drawback Update: Customs May Suspend Accelerated Payment!

Unfortunately for the drawback trade community, the transition from the existing drawback program to the new regime required by the passage of The Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2016 threatens to disrupt payment of drawback claims starting February 24th of this year... More

New Drawback Law

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"Understanding The New Drawback Law: The 'Other' Problem"

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... More