Payment of Duty and Duty-Related Carrying Cost
Kamber, Inc., owns a factory located close to, but not inside, a foreign trade zone. The plant imports volatile chemicals that are used in the manufacture of chemical reagents for laboratories. Each year, Kamber imports about $14,200,000 of chemicals subject to a 30% tariff when shipped into the United States. About 15% of the imported chemicals are lost through evaporation during the manufacturing process. In addition, Kamber has a carrying cost of 10% per year associated with the duty payment. On average, the chemicals are held in inventory for 9 months.
1. How much duty is paid annually by Kamber?
2. What is the carrying cost associated with the payment of duty?