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QB 21-212 2021 Tuna Opening Moment


Tuna and Skipjack, in airtight containers, not in oil, in containers, weighing with their contents not over 7 kg each.

Quota Period:

January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

Opening Date:

Monday, January 4, 2021, at 12 noon E.S.T. The Trade may transmit the quota entry summaries in ACE on January 4, 2021 from 12:01 AM (midnight) local port time until 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Time (ET) only. Entry summaries reported early or late (after 12 Noon ET or before 12 Midnight (Local Port Time), will not be processed for the opening; however, early transmissions may be retransmitted within the proper range of time.


Restraint Level:

The final quota limit should be provided to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in March, 2021.

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 2021. 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:

Tuna Opening Moments HTS

HTS Numbers
  • 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:


Special Instructions: *Supersedes any previous instructions

Trade Instructions:

Please ensure warehouse entry summaries associated with the withdrawals are not finalized in ACE, if you experience any issues please contact your ABI client representative and notify Headquarters Quota and Agriculture Branch immediately.

CBP Instructions:

CBP Center and Port of Entry personnel should refrain from processing collections with final collection code 092, warehouse withdrawals payment should only be processed using collection code 002. Quota warehouse withdrawal final collection code close out (using collection code 092) with zero duty amount may be processed by CBP, once the warehouse ledger information is submitted by the warehouse proprietor. Failure to follow these instruction may cause ACE processing problems and/or cargo release delays.

If an entry summary or 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.

Questions from the importing community regarding liquidation should be referred to the local CBP port/center. Any questions for Headquarters and Agriculture Branch may be emailed to Headquarters at


Last Modified: Apr 07, 2023