CBP Guidance on “Threshold for Deactivating Section 232 Exclusions”

Posted by Sila Barr on 1/8/24 5:00 PM

On January 5, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) bulletin providing guidance on “the new threshold for deactivating Section 232 exclusions.”

According to the bulletin, CBP’s Office of Trade will “deactivate Section 232 exclusions in [the Automated Commercial Environment] ACE on a weekly basis when the imported quantity for each exclusion is greater than or equal to 95 percent of the allocated quantity” for a given exclusion.

The following exclusions will be affected by the new deactivation threshold:

  • “Exclusions for non-quota countries i.e. those subject to Section 232 duties;
  • Exclusions for European Union (EU) countries that are subject to Section 232 steel tariff rate quotas (TRQs); and
  • Exclusions valid for multiple countries subject to both Section 232 duties and any quotas.”

All other types of Section 232 exclusions will continue to be deactivated once the imported quantity is equal to 100 percent.

The exclusions will be deactivated according to the new threshold rules beginning February 14, 2024.


CSMS 58942510 can be found here:

Topics: CBP, Exclusions, section 232

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