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QB 23-701 2023 Aluminum Absolute Quota First Quarter 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for an absolute quota for imports of aluminum products from Argentina, effective for goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 1, 2018.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 the Internet site of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), shall not be allowed.

Please check the quota page at for weekly commodity status reports and information on remaining absolute quota amounts.


Aluminum products as specified in Presidential Proclamation


January 1, 2023 through March 31, 2023


January 3, 2023 12:01 AM Local Port time.


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

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

Argentina Aluminum entries utilizing any type of exclusion must use 9903.85.11 for the first HTS and the appropriate CH 1-97 HTS code for the next HTS.  This includes Department of Commerce approved product exclusion IDs as well as the HTS numbers in the General Approved Exclusion (GAE) table.  Please see the list of GAE HTS numbers at the end of this bulletin.  The official list of Department of Commerce GAE HTS updates can be viewed at  The original published list of GAEs can be viewed at

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.




Absolute quota is processed on a daily basis, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), 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, 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.

Quota Bulletins (QB) are posted on the quota page and updated as determined by future announcements.  The trade may track the status of quotas provided in the weekly Commodity Status Report at

For questions related to the quota process, contact the Quota and Agriculture Branch at  In the event of a technical issue with system operation, please create a ticket with the ACE help desk at

HTS Classifications within this category are listed in the Department of Commerce General Approved Exclusion Table ( and must be entered using HTS 9903.85.11.  See the list of 10-digit GAE HTS numbers at the end of this bulletin.



Quota ID

Article Description:  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): 

Annual Quota Limit Aluminum

Argentina First Quarter Limit (kg) (30%)


Unwrought aluminum, provided for in heading 7601




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




General Approved Exclusion HTS Numbers from Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security “Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exclusions Process” Interim Final Rule  Effective December 27, 2021 26 GAEs are removed from the Department of Commerce list.


GAEs are subject to change by Department of Commerce.

7601.20.90.80; 7604.21.00.10; 7604.29.10.10; 7604.29.50.90; 7605.29.00.00; 7606.11.60.00; 7607.11.60.10; 7607.19.10.00; 7607.19.60.00; 7607.20.10.00; 7609.00.00.00


Last Modified: Dec 12, 2022