The International Trade Administration is establishing an aluminum import monitoring and analysis system, similar to the system has used for steel since 2005, to monitor for import surges as well as potential transshipment and circumvention of U.S. trade measures, including tariffs.

Under the new AIM system, importers of basic aluminum products (or their brokers or agents) must 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 applications may be submitted beginning Jan. 4. 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. They will be required for every entry of covered aluminum products on or after Jan. 25 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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