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QB 18-124 Absolute Quota for Aluminum Products: 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for an absolute quota for imports of aluminum products from Argentina, effective for goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 1, 2018.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 shall not be allowed.

This Quota Bulletin provides information on annual absolute quota quantities for Argentina aluminum imports as of June 1, 2018.  Additional information will be issued prior to July 1, 2018 on the quarterly quota quantities beginning July 1, 2018 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 at for information on remaining absolute quota amounts.


Aluminum products as specified in Presidential Proclamation

Quota Period:

January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018

Reporting Instructions:

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

Note:  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.

Countries Covered:


Special Instructions:

As of June 1, 2018, CBP is implementing absolute quota processing functionality in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  Absolute quota will be processed on a daily basis, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) at 8:00 pm EST, and cargo release of shipments subject to the absolute quota will be withheld until the absolute quota is processed and quota amounts are allocated. 

In order for shipments to be processed for absolute quota on the same day at 8:00 pm EST, the entry summary must be filed, entry summary payment date must be on file or scheduled for a future statement, and the conveyance arrived by 4:30 pm in the port’s local time zone.  The official hours for quota processing are established by 19 CFR 132.3.

Please note quantities listed below are subject to change as quota is processed. These amounts are informational only.

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 2018 and for subsequent years, unless modified or terminated.


Heading / Subheading 

Article Description

Quantitative Limitation


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)



Unwrought aluminum, provided for in heading 7601

169,658,877 kg


Wrought aluminum, provided for in headings 7604, 7605, 7606, 7607, 7606, 7607, 7608, 7609 and castings and forgings of aluminum provided for in subheading 7616.99.51

11,279,691 kg 

Quota Bulletins (QB) are posted at and updated as determined by future announcements.  The trade may track the status of tariff rate 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 of Entry (POE) or Center for Excellence and Expertise (Center).  The POE or Center may refer questions to CBP, Office of Trade, Trade Policy and Programs, Interagency Collaboration Division, Quota and Agriculture Branch at (202) 863-6560, or through email to

Last Modified: Aug 03, 2023