The International Trade Administration has pushed back from Jan. 25 to March 29 the date beginning on which licenses will be required to import covered aluminum products. In addition, the ITA is accepting comments on this rule no later than Feb. 26.

Under the new aluminum import monitoring and analysis system, importers of basic aluminum products (or their brokers or agents) will have to obtain an import license for each shipment and provide the license number to U.S. Customs and Border Protection as part of the entry summary or its electronic equivalent. License applicants must identify the country(ies) where the largest and second-largest volumes of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the imported product were smelted and the country where the product was most recently cast.

Licenses will be issued automatically to registered importers, customs brokers, or their agents after completion of the application form and will remain valid for up to 75 days. A single license may cover multiple products as long as the information at the top of the application is the same.

Import licenses will be required for all shipments of covered aluminum products into foreign-trade zones prior to the filing of FTZ admission documents. However, licenses will not be required for temporary importation bond entries, transportation and exportation entries, entries into a bonded warehouse, or informal entries (e.g., goods valued at less than $2,500). For shipments containing less than $5,000 worth of aluminum, applicants may apply for a reusable low-value license.

For more information on these requirements, please contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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