U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicates that beginning on June 29 Department of Commerce aluminum import licensing applications under the aluminum import monitoring and analysis system will require both fields of “country of largest smelt” and “country of second largest smelt.”
The DOC defines the field for the country of smelt for the largest (and second largest) volume of primary aluminum as the country where the largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (refined aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall-Héroult process. Implementation of the requirement to disclose these countries had been delayed to give importers/brokers additional time to gather that information. Currently, license applicants are permitted to enter “unknown” in these fields but may no longer do so from June 29.
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