A notice entitled “Tuna – Tariff Rate Quota” published in the Federal Register citation is 82 FR 22842 dated May 18, 2017 announced the 2017 restraint limit for tuna. The quota restraint limit for 2017 is 14,609,465 kilograms.
The quota on tuna oversubscribed at opening moment on January 3, 2017. All entry summaries and/or warehouse withdrawals of tuna presented 12 am (midnight) through 12 PM (Noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) will be prorated as follows: 0.9410776 or 94.10776 percent of the presented quantity shall be liquidated at the in-quota (low) rate (HTS 1604.14.22/6%). The remainder shall be liquidated at the over-quota (high) rate (HTS 1604.14.30/12.5%). Quantities should be rounded to the nearest whole number as appropriate.
Any entry summaries and/or warehouse withdrawals presented after 12:00 PM E.S.T. January 3, 2017 or its equivalent in other time zones shall be liquidated at the high rate (HTS 1604.14.30/12.5%).
To facilitate release of shipments, HQ Quota will distribute an excel spreadsheet to the ports of the entry for internal use only with the prorated amount per line (highlighted in yellow).
It will be the responsibility of Port or Center personnel to ensure the quota is reported properly for entries containing tuna. The Port or Center is also responsible for processing the liquidation to generate the importer refund if necessary.
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.