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QB 17-106 2017 Tuna Opening

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, 2017 through December 31, 2017

OPENING DATE:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017,  starting 12am midnight E.S.T. to 12pm Noon.

OPENING MOMENT PROCEDURES WILL BE IN EFFECT.

RESTRAINT LEVEL:

The final quota limit will be provided to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in March, 2017.

Upon receipt of the final quota limit, CBP will issue proration and liquidation instructions to the field/trade. 

REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FILER:

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 and 1604.14.3099
  • 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).

ACE 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  Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) no later than COB, January 3, 2017.  The appropriate time 12 Noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) should be used for Date and time of Presentation and Entry Summary transmitted by the filer starting 12 AM midnight (local time) January 3, 2017 to 12 PM Noon (EST).

Entries  may not be  transmitted in ACE prior to opening timeframe. Entry summaries may be

Manually submitted (hard copy) entry summaries in proper form may be submitted to the port for processing, at the ports discretion. For information on manual submission, please contact the local port.

The Port of Entry and/or  Centers for Excellence and Expertise (Center) are encouraged to give consideration to filers where a “Good Faith Effort’ is made to timely transmit First Come First  Serve (FCFS) Quota and Quota’s which normally oversubscribe at opening moment. For ACE transmission issues contact the Assigned ABI Client Representative for assistance. If further guidance is needed the ports are encouraged to contact Headquarters Quota and Agriculture Branch for assistance.

The entry summaries presented at opening moment will  be “held” pending review by HQ Quota and Agriculture Branch (QAB).  The ACE system This will ensure proper identification of all entries entitled to a refund at liquidation AND facilitate subsequent proration and liquidation of the affected entries. 

The Ports/Centers are to WITHHOLD LIQUIDATION of ACE entries presented at opening, including consumption entries and warehouse withdrawals for consumption, pending instructions from Headquarters. It is also recommended that  manual submissions (hard copy) 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.

Questions from the importing community regarding this electronic message should be referred to the local CBP port or Center.  The port may refer their questions through email to HQ QUOTA HQQUOTA@cbp.dhs.gov

Last modified: 
December 22, 2016