U.S. Department of Commerce Issues New Import License Program
June 9, 2021

Dear Valued Customer:

The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has published a notice in the Federal Register responding to public comments about the AIM system and confirming that compliance with the rule “Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System” will be required on June 28, 2021. See Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System: Effective Date and Response to Comments, 86 FR 27513 (May 21, 2021) available at

Consequently, brokers and importers are notified that imports of most aluminum products will require an aluminum import license for each entry beginning on Monday, June 28, 2021. Please see the list of aluminum products subject to the new licensing requirement at: https://www.trade.gov/aluminum-products-hts-codesThe aluminum import license number obtained from Commerce for each shipment, as well as the License Type Code (28), must be reported on the corresponding entry summary or electronic equivalent in ACE.   

The new licensing system is available at
 https://www.trade.gov/aluminum and is currently open for account registration and license applications. Importers, brokers, and other license applicants will need to register for an account in order to apply for a license. The Trade is advised to plan accordingly and obtain any licenses needed for entry in advance of June 28, 2021, from the Commerce website. The new aluminum license system will use the same platform as the licensing system for the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) System; therefore, users with an existing steel license account do not need to create new accounts.   
Commerce previously published a final rule concerning the aluminum license. See Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System, 85 FR 83804 (December 23, 2020) available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/23/2020-28166/aluminum-import-monitoring-and-analysis-systemThis final rule details the new system, including license requirements and the platform for the license application. 
To assist the Trade with using the Commerce portal to register new accounts and complete license applications, Commerce has developed a series of instructional videos, user guides, FAQs, and virtual demonstrations. For more information and to sign up for a virtual demonstration, please visit https://www.trade.gov/updates-aluminum-import-licensingShould you have questions, please contact the Commerce aluminum licensing team at aluminum.license@trade.gov
EMO Trans will continue to monitor the situation and send updates when they become available.

Best regards,

Matthew Kmet
Corporate Customs Compliance Manager

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