CBP “absolute quota” for steel under Section 232 quota limits (second quarter 2021)

Section 232 quota limits (second quarter 2021)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the 2021 second quarter (Q2) “absolute quota” limits for steel regarding the limits pursuant to Section 232.


The Q2 period limits apply for April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021, and do not include entries submitted prior to April 1, 2021. 

Read CSMS #46747498 (March 24, 2021)

According to the CBP release:

  • Following presidential proclamations in April and May 2018, quantitative limitations applicable to imports of iron or steel products under HTS subheadings 9903.80.05 through 9903.80.58, inclusive, for the quota year are limited on a quarterly basis.
  • CBP as of June 1, 2018, implemented absolute quota processing functionality in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Absolute quota is processed on a daily basis, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), and cargo release of shipments subject to the absolute quota are to be withheld until the absolute quota is processed and quota amounts are allocated. 
  • In order for shipments to be processed for absolute quota on the same day, 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 of unlading’s local time zone. 
  • All entries submitted prior to 8:30 am ET and on April 1, 2021, will be counted in the first opening at 8:30 am ET. If the accepted entry totals for any HTS submitted prior to the first opening exceed the limit of that HTS they will be prorated.

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