The International Trade Administration is accepting comments through March 1 on potential improvements or changes to the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System, which took effect in June 2021.

Under the AIM system the ITA maintains an aluminum import licensing program and a public AIM monitor. Importers, custom brokers, or their agents are required to apply for and obtain an import license for each entry of covered aluminum products through the AIM system website.

To obtain an import license, each applicant must identify, among other things, the country or countries where the largest and second-largest volume of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the imported aluminum product was smelted and the country where the aluminum product was most recently cast. Once all necessary license information has been provided, licenses are issued automatically and instantaneously.

According to the ITA, the AIM licensing system currently receives approximately 750 licenses per day. These licenses are reviewed, aggregated, and published in the public AIM monitor on a weekly basis, allowing for near real-time monitoring of aluminum imports.

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