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QB 21-407 Update 2022 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, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

OPENING DATE:

Friday, October 1, 2021.

RESTRAINT LEVEL:

Aggregate 2,066,936,295 square meter equivalents for AGOA claims.  Of this aggregate amount, 1,033,468,148 square meter equivalents is available to apparel imported under the special rule for lesser developed countries (Grouping 5)

HTS NUMBERS:

HTS NUMBERS
First Tariff FieldSecond Tariff Field
9819.11.09

Chapters 61 and 62, or headings 6501, 6502, 6503, and 6504, or 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:

Process via ACE, 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.

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 is transmitted and upon request submitted via the Document Imaging System (DIS). 

According to section 506A(a)(3) of the Trade Act, Ethiopia, Guinea and Mali do not meet the requirements as detailed in section 506A(a)(1) of that Act.  Effective January 1, 2022, their designations as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries for the purposes of section 506A(a)(1) is terminated.

Updated Country Designations:

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:      

Grouping 4
Countries
 BenínBotswanaBurkina FasoCape VerdeChad
Cote d’IvoireEswatiniGhanaKenya Lesotho
LiberiaMadagascarMauritiusMozambiqueNamibia
NigeriaSenegalSierra LeoneSouth AfricaTanzania
TogoUgandaZambia  

                                      

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:

GROUPING 5
Countries
 BenínBotswana Burkina FasoCape VerdeChad
Cote d’IvoireEswatiniGhanaKenyaLesotho
LiberiaMadagascarMauritiusMozambiqueNamibia
NigeriaSenegalSierra LeoneTanzaniaTogo
UgandaZambia   

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.

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: 
December 29, 2021