The Department of Commerce (DOC) published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) announcing a final rule adopting the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system. The AIM system will consist of an online aluminum import license application platform and will require importers, customs brokers or their agents to apply for and obtain an import license for each entry of certain aluminum products entering the United States. A copy of the FRN detailing the final rules requirements is available here for review.
The final rule requires license applicants to identify, among other requirements, the country or countries where the largest and the 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. The DOC recognizes the difficulty some importers may have initially securing information regarding the country of smelting and as such are allowing a one-year period where “unknown” may be reported.
The AIM system website, available here, will be operational on January 4, 2021. Applicants will be able to obtain their user identification numbers and apply for licenses beginning on January 4, 2021. Licenses will be required for all covered aluminum imports on or after January 25, 2021.
Please review your entry documents and make necessary adjustments to identify the country or countries where the largest and second largest amount of primary aluminum was smelted as well as the country where the aluminum was last cast.
If you have any questions, please contact Delmar’s US Advisory Services team via email here.