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We are taking back a spare part (used in one of the tools we manufacture here in the US) from China. The Country of Origin of this part is France. The value of this part is high (95,200.00).

My question....Is there a way to avoid paying a duty of $3280.97

Notes that may help with an answer.
The replacement part was shipped to China customer already.
This is the defective part coming back to us.
This part will be going back to France for repair and then return to us again.
Replacement part shipping out doesn't always mean it will be used. (In this case it was used) It may stay as inventory until needed.

Thank you!

Hi Shelley,

Look up HTS 9801.00.2500 and see if this may apply to your item:

Articles, previously imported, with respect to which the
duty was paid upon such previous importation if
(1) exported within three years after the date of such
previous importation, (2) reimported without having been
advanced in value or improved in condition by any process
of manufacture or other means while abroad,
(3) reimported for the reason that such articles do not
conform to sample or specifications, and (4) reimported
by or for the account of the person who imported them
into, and exported them from, the United States . .

I hope this answers your question, please let me know if further assistance is needed.


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I have over 20 years of experience in import transportation and customs clearance. I am not able to answer export related questions but can assist with imports into the United States.


I have been a licensed Customs Broker since 1996 and have been working for the freight forwarding industry for 24 years. I currently have my own business as an import consultant offering advice to importers in area of Customs regulatory compliance and am partnered with several prominent Customs attorneys.

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