ANNOUNCEMENT 15 May 2020
More tuna can enter under the lower, in-quota tariff in 2020 than in 2019.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
In a May 15, 2020 announcement published in the Federal Register, U.S. Customs and Border Protection made a 6.3% increase in the tuna tariff-rate quota. The agency determined that 15,881,292 kilograms of tuna in airtight containers may be entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption during the Calendar Year 2020, at the rate of 6.0% under subheading 1604.14.22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. That level is up from 14,945,117 kilograms in CY2019. Any such tuna which is entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption during the current calendar year in excess of this quota will be dutiable at the rate of 12.5% under subheading 1604.14.30.
Note that while this tariff-rate quota is adjusted on an annual basis, and has seen increases as well as decreases, the general trend over the past decade has been for the cuts to outnumber the increases both in number and net effect. The 2020 level represents a 14.0% reduction from the 18,457,467 kilograms permitted in Calendar Year 2009.