No, duty drawbacks are not classified as subsidies according to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO defines a subsidy as a financial contribution from a government or public body to benefit a business or industry.

While a drawback is technically a refund of duties, the word “refund” is typically reserved for duties that were wrongfully imposed in the first place.

It depends on the country paying the drawback. In the U.S., a drawback claim must be filed within three years of the exportation of the goods. The drawback must then be paid within three months after the file was claimed.

What is the minimum amount for duty drawback? For example, in the U.K., the minimum amount of duty drawback you can claim is £500.