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Tuna Opening Moment January 3, 2017

Entries may be input from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) local time until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST).  

All time zones must use 12:00 noon EST, as time of presentation to be eligible for opening moment benefits.

Filers will need to file certified from summary for Tuna. Using one of the following four high rate Harmonized Tariff Rate (HTS) numbers:

1604143051, 1604143059, 1604143091, 1604143099

Cargo entries should be filed as Entry type 02 or 06:

  1. System will check arrival date
  2. System will check if payment has been scheduled or paid
  3. Transmission date of the summary

The latter of these three dates will be the date of presentation

Warehouse entries should be filed as entry type 32

  1. System will check if payment has been scheduled or paid
  2. Transmission date of the summary

The latter of these two dates will determine the date of presentation

Note: If there are any issues transmitting the entry summary or warehouse entry/withdrawal, please contact an ABI client representative for assistance.

  1. ACE Business Office holds the responsibility to present to Quota HQ ALL entries qualified for OPENING MOMENT TUNA.
  2. There will be a 72 hour hold to ensure Trade issues are addressed. At the end of the 72 hour window the hold will be removed and the pending quota lines will be “preliminary” allocated at the high rate.  The brokers will be notified of the qualified opening moment entries.
  3. The Liquidation must be delayed for 120 days due to the delayed process. National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) will provide the quota amount in March or April of the current year.  Individual ports/Centers are responsible for ensuring their entries have filed for extension and do not liquidate.
  4. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will provide CBP the final tuna limit in March/April.   At that time, the prorated amount will be applied manually.
  5. HQ Quota calculates the proration amounts for the low rate quota for each Tuna quota entry that is eligible to receive the low rate and sends this information in the form of Excel Spread sheets to the appropriate commodity specialist teams nationwide. The tuna low rate HTS is matched to the Tuna high rate HTS.
  6. NMFS mandates submission of the 370 forms and associated documentation, such as Captains’ statements, are still required.
  7. NMFS International Fisheries Trade Permit (IFTP) number is also required.
  8. The commodity specialist teams manually edit each of the tuna quota entries

     a.  Split each High rate ES line in two.

          i.  One under the Low rate tuna HTS with the prorated amount

          ii.  The other under the high rate tuna HTS with the remaining high rate tuna amount

     b.  The commodity specialist teams submit the corrected Entry Summaries into ACE

          i.  The corrected Entry summaries enter the quota system and are decremented against Quota ID 160414TUNALO

          ii.  High rate duties are refunded to the qualified filers.

          iii.  Special Handling type is Final Allocation batch acceptance times 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Pre allocation processing at 12:30 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding Tuna processing, please contact the Headquarters Quota and Agriculture Branch (QAB) via email at

Last Modified: Jun 29, 2023