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QB 15-135 2016 AGOA Limits

COMMODITY:

Qualifying goods from designated sub-Saharan African countries that have satisfied the requirements under the provisions of AGOA.

QUOTA PERIOD:

October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

OPENING DATE:

Thursday, October 1, 2015.

RESTRAINT LEVEL:

Aggregate 1,935,096,830 square meter equivalents for AGOA claims.  Of this aggregate amount, 967,548,415 square meter equivalents is available to apparel imported under the special rule for lesser developed countries (Grouping 5)

HTS NUMBERS:

First Tariff Field  Second Tariff Field
9819.11.09   Chapters 61 and 62, or headings 6501, 6502, 6503, and 6504, subheadings 6406.99.15 and 6505.90
9819.11.12  Chapters 61 and 62, or headings 6501, 6502, 6503, and 6504, or subheadings 6406.99.15 and 6505.90

REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Use entry type code 02, 06, 07, 12, 23, 32, 38, or 52.

Report in unit of measure (UOM) quantity corresponding with the specific HTSUS chapter 61 and 62 numbers, headings 6501, 6502, 6503, and 6504, and subheadings 6406.99.15 and 6505.90 under which the apparel articles are classified.

Merchandise presented shall be reported and released via the quota module of ACS until a “hold” status is indicated.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

Textile and apparel articles exported from designated sub-Saharan African countries, that have satisfied the requirements under the Act, for which preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA is claimed, requires that the AGOA visa number be reported in block 34 of the CBP Form 7501 and the AGOA visa be presented with the entry summary. 

The visa grouping for 9819.11.09 is 4.  Therefore, the first data field of the visa must be 4 when AGOA preferential tariff treatment is claimed under 9819.11.09.  The following sub-Saharan African countries have satisfied the requirements under the Act and qualify for benefits under Grouping 4:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Níger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.

The visa grouping for 9819.11.12 is 5. Therefore, the first data field of the visa must be 5 when AGOA preferential tariff treatment is claimed under 9819.11.12. The following sub-Saharan African countries have satisfied the requirements under the Act and qualify for benefits under Grouping 5: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Textile and apparel exported from designated sub-Saharan African countries for which preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA is NOT claimed is subject to the Normal Trade Relations (NTR) rate, formerly Most Favored Nations Rate (MFN).  Under these circumstances ONLY the appropriate HTSUS chapter 1-97 number is to be provided in the first tariff field.

DISTRIBUTION:

Please ensure that this notice is passed to all port directors, assistant port directors (trade), import specialists, entry specialists, CBP officers, 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 HQQUOTA@cbp.dhs.gov.

Last modified: 
September 30, 2015
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