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Customs Corner: Change to the Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) System Requirements effective 29 June 2022

Customs Corner: Change to the Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) System Requirments effective 29 June 2022
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Customs Corner issued on April 27th, 2022 

Today, in CSMS 51720841, the US Commerce Dept announced a change to the Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) System that becomes effective on 29 Jun 2022. When requesting an Aluminum License through the AIM portal, the portal will require the following two data elements: 

  • Country of largest smelt; and,
  • Country of second largest smelt 

The Commerce Department defines these two data elements based on "the volume of new aluminum metal produced from alumina (refined aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall-Héroult process." 

This additional element (country of second largest smelt) was delayed due to public comments from the import community.  
 
If GEODIS is creating the Aluminum License on your behalf, we will need to ensure that your import documentation contains both data elements for shipments “entered or withdrawn as of 29 Jun 2022.” This information is usually listed on the Certificate of Analysis. 

Background


On 17 May 2019, the United States announced joint understandings with Canada and Mexico, respectively, concerning trade in aluminum covered by the action taken pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. Among other things, the understandings call for the monitoring of aluminum trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico, respectively. To enhance US government monitoring and analysis of aluminum products more generally, the Department of Commerce published a proposed rule on April 29, 2020, to establish the Aluminum Import Monitoring System (AIM). The goal of the AIM system is to allow for the effective and timely monitoring of import surges of specific aluminum products and to aid in the prevention of transshipment of aluminum products. 
 
AIM is modeled using the Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMA) which provides steel producers, importers, customs brokers, and the general public with information on the anticipated importation of steel products into the US. SIMA also is used to produce Steel Licenses, which are required as part of the customs documentation and information provided upon presentation of a customs declaration.

On 21 May 2021, the US Department of Commerce published in Federal Register Notice 86 FR 27513 and on 28 May 2021 via CSMS 48350723, AIM went into effect for all imports of designated aluminum products entered and/or withdrawn as of 28 Jun 2021. 
 
The aluminum import license can be applied for up to 60 days prior to the expected date of import and until the date of filing of the entry summary. It strongly recommended that the license be requested as far ahead of filing the customs declaration as possible. Aluminum Import Licenses are valid for 75 days from the date of issue.  
 
AIM Resources for importers: 
The Aluminum Import Monitoring website is accessible at https://www.trade.gov/​aluminum 
 
Importers can access the list of HTS that require an Aluminum License at https://www.trade.gov/aluminum-products-hts-codes

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