ANNOUNCEMENT 26 May 2021
More tuna can enter under the lower, in-quota tariff in 2021 than in 2020.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
U.S. Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 26, 2021 / Notices, A Notice by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on 05/26/2021, “Tuna Tariff-Rate Quota for Calendar Year 2021 Tuna Classifiable Under Subheading 1604.14.22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)”. Available at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-05-26/pdf/2021-11164.pdf
On 26 May 2021, a notice published in the Federal Register of U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that the total volume of canned tuna that could be imported under a 6% import tariff was increased to 18,345,004 kilograms. This new volume constitutes a 15.5% increase when compared to CY 2020 when it was set at 15,881,292 kilograms. The affected products are classified under subheading 1604.14.22.
The notice also clarified that canned-tuna which is entered, or withdrawn from the warehouse, for consumption during the current calendar year in excess of this quota will be dutiable at the rate of 12.5% and will be classified under tariff subheading 1604.14.30.
Note that this tariff-rate quota is adjusted on an annual basis, and has seen increases as well as decreases over the past decade. The 2021 level represents almost the same level of quota permitted in CY2009 (18,457,467).
The in-quota period will be effective from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021.
On 14 June 2022, the US announced the quota amount for canned tuna for the CY 2022 (see related state act).