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QB 15-109 Tuna Opening 2015

Document Posting Date: 
December 12, 2014

COMMODITY:
Tuna and Skipjack, in airtight containers, not in oil, in containers, weighing with their contents not over 7 kg each
QUOTA PERIOD:
January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015
OPENING DATE:
Friday, January 2, 2015, at 12 noon E.S.T., or its equivalent in other time zones
OPENING MOMENT PROCEDURES WILL BE IN EFFECT.
RESTRAINT LEVEL:
The preliminary quota limit provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is 15.9 million kilograms. The final quota limit should be provided to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in March, 2015.
Upon receipt of the final quota limit, CBP will issue proration and liquidation instructions to the field/trade.
REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FILER:
NMFS will provide the final quota limit to CBP in March 2015. In order to ensure that all importers are afforded a portion of the tuna quota at the in-quota (low) rate of duty in the event that the total quantity presented at opening exceeds the final quota limit, importers will be required to:
 Follow the opening moment procedures provided for in 19 CFR 132.12 (quotas are expected to oversubscribe at opening).
 Use the following over-quota (high) rate HTS numbers:
1604.14.3051
1604.14.3059
1604.14.3091
1604.14.3099
QB 15 – 109 Tuna Opening 2015

 Deposit the over-quota (high) rate of duty for all entry/entry summaries presented at opening.
 Use entry type code 02, 06, 07, 12, 23, 32, 38, or 52.
 Report in kilograms (kg).
REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CBP PERSONNEL:
THE OVER-QUOTA (HIGH) RATE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ENTRY/ENTRY SUMMARIES PRESENTED AT OPENING.
The entry summaries presented at opening moment must be reported to the ACS quota module (QSUP) no later than COB, January 2, 2015. The appropriate time zone must be indicated in the “Remarks” field of the QSUP screen in addition to the date and time of opening moment.
Entries submitted prior to the opening moment shall be considered for the opening, however these entries MUST be entered in QSUP using the date and time of opening moment for presentation purposes.
The entry summaries presented at opening moment will go “on hold” pending review by HQ Quota Branch. This will ensure proper identification of all entries entitled to a refund at liquidation AND facilitate subsequent proration and liquidation of the affected entries. HQ Quota Branch plans to begin releasing entry summaries “on hold” by COB Monday, January 5, 2015.
The ports are to WITHHOLD LIQUIDATION of entries presented at opening, including consumption entries and warehouse withdrawals for consumption, pending instructions from Headquarters. A unique holding code has been created for the purpose of facilitating the proration and liquidation of entry summaries presented at opening. ALL entry summaries presented at opening MUST be placed in Holding Code 109. For warehouse withdrawals presented at opening, the warehouse entry (21) must be placed and maintained in Holding Code 109 until HQ Quota issues liquidation instructions. It is also recommended that entries involved in this opening be physically stored in a central location to expedite liquidation/proration.
If a warehouse entry is liquidated prior to receipt of the final restraint limit from NMFS, it is
recommended that the importer file a protest to ensure proper processing of any applicable refund once the final proration is determined.
DISTRIBUTION:
Please ensure that this notice is passed to all port directors, assistant port directors (Trade), import specialists, CBP officers, entry specialists and other interested parties such as brokers and importers.
Questions from the importing community regarding this electronic message should be referred to the local CBP port. The port may refer their questions through email to HQ Quota. 

Last modified: 
December 12, 2014