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Drawback is the refund of certain duties, internal revenue taxes and certain fees collected upon the importation of goods.  Such refunds are only allowed upon the exportation or destruction of goods under U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervision.




  • Cargo Systems Messaging Service - Certain Cargo Systems Messaging Service correspondence (e.g., 12-00546 and 13-000476)  may be of some assistance to those participating in drawback.
  • Drawback in ACE Information Notice
  • ABI Error Message Dictionary


    Chilean Free Trade Agreement

    Drawback Claims Filed on Goods Subject to Chile Free Trade Agreement

    Manual / Electronic Drawback Submissions - According to Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations at section 111.2(b)(2)(D)(ii) “[a] broker granted a permit for one district may file drawback claims manually or electronically at the drawback office that has been designated by Customs for the purpose of filing those claims, and may represent his client before that office in matters concerning those claims, even though the broker does not have a permit for the district in which that drawback office is located.”

    A licensed Customs broker in possession of a valid national permit may file drawback claims at any of the (4) drawback offices (Chicago, Houston, New York, and San Francisco) regardless of the district in which the filer (e.g., Customs broker) is permitted. The drawback claim is submitted directly to the drawback office and not through the port of entry.

    Merchandise Processing Fee

    Instructions for Calculating Merchandise Processing Fees for Drawback


    Special Privilege Application Templates

    For additional questions about protests in ACE, please visit CBP's  ACE Drawback Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Last modified: 
    December 1, 2020