Millions of Dollars in Duty Refunds and Savings for Importers
My protests and court cases have generated more than $50 million in duty refunds and savings for U.S. Importers. Following are just a few examples in which companies have saved significant duty amounts due to my representation in Customs disputes and expertise as a U.S. Customs specialist.
A high-tech ceramics company received over $300,000 in duty refunds on their imports of parts for semiconductor production machines.
A steel importer received $2.4 million in duty refunds from successful litigation resulting in exclusion of its product from the scope of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.
An SUV importer received over $30 million in refunds based on successful outcome of administrative tariff classification dispute.
A jewelry company received over $400,000 in refunds on particular types of watches pursuant to protest challenging long-standing Customs practice.
A flouropolymers company received duty refunds of over $300,000.
An importer of dried vegetables received $600,000 in duty refunds due to successful tariff classification litigation.
An importer of plastic covered pile fabrics has rate advance bills of over $2 million canceled due to Headquarters reversal of NIS position.
An importer of personal watercraft saves $1.5 million annually due to favorable tariff classification ruling.
A steel importer saves over $300,000 in duties by resisting auditor's demands for duty underpayments on liquidated entries.
An importer of coated fabrics receives over $100,000 in refunds due to successful litigation contesting Customs' position on tariff classification.
An importer of steel discs receives over $200,000 in refunds in favorable court settlement of tariff classification dispute with Customs.
An importer of merchandise subject to antidumping duty order receives over $200,000 under favorable settlement of court case challenging timeliness of Customs duty assessment.
A cement importer receives over $300,000 in refunds due to reversal of initial decision finding product within scope of antidumping duty order.
The duty amounts noted above pertain to duties in specific transactions subject to dispute. In most cases, when later import transactions are taken into account, the actual duty savings are much higher and sometimes many times higher than the noted amounts. Please see my detailed Customs Practice Resume for additional examples.
Have your product lines been reviewed by a U.S. Customs law attorney? The recoveries noted above occurred in disputes involving questions of law for which there was no clear answer. Having a seasoned Customs law attorney makes a difference. With over 18 years of experience as a U.S. Customs law attorney, I would be happy to review your product lines to identify any potential duty overpayments to U.S. Customs.