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QB 19-012 2019 Aluminum Absolute Quota 1st Quarter Argentina

On May 31, 2018, the President issued a Presidential Proclamation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 providing for an absolute quota for imports of aluminum products from Argentina, effective for goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 1, 2018.

Subheadings 9903.85.05 through 9903.85.06, inclusive, set forth the ordinary customs duty treatment for the aluminum products of any country enumerated in the superior text to such subheadings, subject to the annual aggregate quantitative limitations proclaimed for these subheadings.  Beginning on July 1, 2018, imports from any such country in an aggregate quantity under any such subheading during any of the periods January through March, April through June, July through September, or October through December in any year that is in excess of 500,000 kg and 30 percent of the total aggregate quantity provided for a calendar year for such country, as set forth on the Internet site of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), shall not be allowed.

This Quota Bulletin provides information on annual absolute quota quantities for Argentina aluminum imports as of January 1, 2019.  Additional information will be issued prior to April 1, 2019 on the quarterly quota quantities beginning April 1, 2019 and at the end of each subsequent quarter for convenience of importers of aluminum products under absolute quota.

Please check for weekly commodity status reports and for information on remaining absolute quota amounts at


Aluminum products as specified in Presidential Proclamation


January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019


For quota merchandise, use entry type code 02, 06, 07, 12, 23, 32, 38, or 52

Merchandise subject to absolute quota may also be subject to antidumping and countervailing duty.

In addition to reporting the chapter 76 harmonized tariff schedule (HTS) classification for imported merchandise, importers shall report the following HTS classifications for imported merchandise subject to the absolute quota:

9903.85.05 through 9903.85.06

Absolute quota merchandise may not be imported into the U.S for consumption after the quota limit is reached, per [19 CFR 132]. Options after the quota limit is reached include foreign trade zone, warehouse, exportation or destruction.




Please note quantities listed on the attachment are estimates; actual amounts will be posted January 7, 2019 quota commodity status report. These amounts are provided for convenience and amounts will vary.

For the purposes of administering the quantitative limitations applicable to subheadings 9903.85.05 and 9903.85.06, the following annual aggregate limits shall apply for the period starting with calendar year 2019 and for subsequent years, unless modified or terminated:

Quota Bulletins (QB) are posted on, quota page and updated as determined by future announcements.  The trade may track the status of quotas provided in the weekly Commodity Status Report at

Questions from the importing community regarding this electronic message should be referred to the appropriate CBP Port/Center.  The Port/Center may refer questions to headquarters Quota and Agriculture Branch at (202) 863-6560, or through email to


Quota IDArticle Description:  Aluminum products of Argentina enumerated in U.S. note 19(b) to this subchapter,  if entered in aggregate quantities prescribed in subdivision (e) of such note for any calendar year starting on January 1, 2018 and for any portion thereof as prescribed in such subdivision (e):Argentina
Annual Quota Limit Aluminum
Argentina 1st QTR Limit (kg) (30%) 
9903.85.05Unwrought aluminum, provided for in heading 7601169,658,87750,897,663.10
9903.85.06Wrought aluminum, provided for in headings 7604, 7605, 7606, 7607, 7606, 7607, 7608, 7609 and castings and forgings of aluminum provided for in subheading 7616.99.5111,279,6913,383,907.30
Last Modified: Dec 19, 2018