Do you want to be your company's superhero? Explore the benefits of Duty Drawback.

  • January 19, 2012
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • ASU Skysong, 1475 North Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale - 249 Imagination


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Duty drawback is a refund of U.S. Customs duties, Internal Revenue taxes and fees collected upon the export or destruction of either the imported or substituted product, or the export of an article that has been manufactured from imported or substituted raw material. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will typically refund up to 99% of the original duties and fees paid by the importer, and the drawback claimant need not be the actual importer or the exporter. A well-orchestrated drawback program may reduce your cost of goods, increase your profits, allow you to keep jobs in the U.S., and increase your competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Whether you are looking to build a case for creating a drawback program in your organization, or want to fine-tune or enhance your existing drawback program, OWIT-Phoenix invites you to join us for a unique opportunity to gain valuable, first-hand insight and recommendations for drawback from Robert VanVleet of Foothill Brokerage, one of the nation’s leading drawback experts. Topics will include:


·         Duty Drawback – What Is It?

·         Types of Duty Drawback

·         Who Can Make Drawback Claims?

·         Overview of the Duty Drawback Process

·         Pro’s & Con’s of Duty Drawback

·         Consequences of Non-Compliance

·         First Steps toward Determining if Drawback Is Right For Your Company: Questions to Ask

·         Types of Duty Drawback

·         Accelerated Payments

·         NAFTA Implications

·         Best Practices for Ensuring Drawback Compliance


The event will conclude with an interactive Question & Answer session. Seating is limited to 100 persons.  Please register early.


Who Should Attend?

Import Compliance Managers, Logistics Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Legal and Regulatory Managers, Finance Managers, Attorneys and Consultants.



Robert VanVleet

Foothill Brokerage

Robert VanVleet is the owner of Foothill Brokerage a customs practice focusing on duty drawback services.  Robert represents a broad spectrum of importers, exporters, distributers and manufacturers.  As a drawback specialist, his services includes obtaining rulings, protests, NAFTA, special customs privileges, processing’s claims and representing his clients in customs audits.  

Robert earned his B.A. degree from the University of Washington.  Prior to staring Foothill Brokerage, Robert operated a bonded warehouse and Foreign Trade Zone before joining F.W. Myers as a customs broker and freight forwarder in Seattle.  After transferring to Los Angeles, Robert migrated to the electronics industry establishing a drawback program at CalComp Inc. (a Lockheed Co.).    In 1992 Robert obtained hi_GoBacks customs brokerage license and launched Metro Customs Service in Long Beach, a customs brokerage house specializing in drawback.   Along with processing claims and consulting, Robert also trained consultants at several public accounting firms before joining Arthur Andersen and later Ernst and Young to manage their drawback service lines.  Robert represents several Fortune 500 companies and has more than 30 years’ experience in international trade, customs and transportation.



Thursday, January 19, 2012

9:00 – 10:30 am

(Registration Begins at 8:30 am)

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