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Reporting of Smelt and Cast Country of Origin for aluminum and derivative articles entering the USA

Reporting of Smelt and Cast Country of Origin for aluminum and derivative articles entering the USA - Route Newsletter: April 2023

Effective April 10, 2023, importers of all aluminum articles and aluminum derivative articles from all countries of origin, regardless of whether Section 232 duties, quotas, exclusions, or general approved exclusion apply, shall report the following information for aluminum articles and aluminum derivative articles upon import to the USA, regardless of country of origin (excluding goods of USA origin):

Primary Country of Smelt
Report the country where the largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (or aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall-Héroult process.

Secondary Country of Smelt
Report the country where the second largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (or aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall-Héroult process.

Country of Cast
Report the country where the aluminum (with or without alloying elements) was last liquified by heat and cast into a solid state. The final solid state can take the form of either a semi-finished product (slab, billets or ingots) or a finished aluminum product.

Products of the U.S. are not covered by the countries of smelt and cast reporting requirements. Until further notice, for products of the U.S., filers may report “N/A” for the countries of smelt, and U.S. for country of cast.

Products Covered
Per U.S. Proclamations 9704 and 9980, and Chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, the following aluminum articles and derivative aluminum articles are subject to Section 232 measures, and are covered by the smelt and cast reporting requirements:

Aluminum articles:

(i) unwrought aluminum provided for in heading 7601:

(ii) bars, rods and profiles provided for in heading 7604; wire provided for in heading 7605;

(iii) plates, sheets and strip provided for in heading 7606; foil provided for in heading 7607;

(iv) tubes, pipes and tube or pipe fittings provided for in heading 7608 and 7609;

(v) castings and forgings of aluminum provided for in subheading 7616.99.51.

Aluminum derivatives articles:

(A) stranded wire, cables, plaited bands and the like, including slings and similar articles, of aluminum and with steel core, not electrically insulated; the foregoing fitted with fittings or made up into articles (described in subheading 7614.10.50);

(B) stranded wire, cables, plaited bands and the like, including slings and similar articles, of aluminum and not with steel core, not electrically insulated; the foregoing comprising electrical conductors, not fitted with fittings or made up into articles (described in subheading 7614.90.20);

(C) stranded wire, cables, plaited bands and the like, including slings and similar articles, of aluminum and not with steel core, not electrically insulated; the foregoing not comprising electrical conductors, not fitted with fittings or made up into articles (described in subheading 7614.90.40);

(D) stranded wire, cables, plaited bands and the like, including slings and similar articles, of aluminum and not with steel core, not electrically insulated; the foregoing fitted with fittings or made up into articles (described in subheading 7614.90.50);

(E) bumper stampings of aluminum, the foregoing comprising parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of heading 8701 to 8705 (described in subheading 8708.10.30); and

(F) body stampings of aluminum, for tractors suitable for agricultural use (described in subheading 8708.29.21).

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

Quick Tip #14
Don’t just insure the value of the goods

When insuring your freight, you are fully entitled to value your goods at a price above the base cost. Valuation of goods may include all freight charges, related costs, plus 10% (or more) to cover the administrative burden of processing a claim and to cover the insured’s profit. Since duty is still payable on damaged goods, make sure you insure the amount of duty as well.

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