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Proposed U.S. aluminum import monitoring system

The U.S. Department of Commerce is requesting public comments on the establishment of an Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system.


Proposed Rule

was published in the U.S. Federal Register on Wednesday, April 29 seeking comments by May 29. The new system would replicate the current Steel Monitoring system which requires an import license to be obtained and the license number stated on the import CF7501 customs entry.

This rule, if implemented, would require importers, or their customs broker, to obtain the required license prior to import (up to 60 days in advance of shipment) for aluminum falling under one of the following HTS codes: 7601, 7604, 7605, 7606, 7607, 7608, 7609, 7616.99.51.60, and 7616.99.51.70. These are the same HS classifications which are subject to the additional 10% Aluminum Tariff (Section 232) upon import to the U.S..

An import license will not be required on informal entries of aluminum products, such as merchandise valued at less than $2,500. For shipments containing less than $5,000 worth of aluminum, applicants can apply for a reusable Low-Value License instead of obtaining a single-entry license for each import.

Following is additional information, along with the required data needed, to obtain the import license:

(a) In general. Aluminum import licenses will be issued to registered importers, customs brokers or their agents through an automatic aluminum import licensing system. The licenses will be issued automatically after the completion of the form.

(b) Customs entry number. Filers are not required to report a Customs entry number to obtain an import license but are encouraged to do so if the Customs entry number is known at the time of filing for the license.

(c) Information required to obtain an import license. (1) The following information is required to be reported in order to obtain an import license (if using the automatic licensing system, some of this information will be provided automatically from Start Printed Page 23753information submitted as part of the registration process):

(i) Filer company name and address;

(ii) Filer contact name, phone number, fax number and email address;

(iii) Entry type (i.e., Consumption, FTZ);

(iv) Importer name;

(v) Exporter name;

(vi) Manufacturer name (filer may state “unknown”);

(vii) Country of origin;

(viii) Country of exportation;

(ix) Expected date of export;

(x) Expected date of import;

(xi) Expected port of entry;

(xii) Current HTS number (from Chapter 76);

(xiii) Country where aluminum was smelted and poured;

(xiv) Quantity (in kilograms) and

(xv) Customs value (U.S. $).

You may submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at,

Docket ITA-2020-200408-0103. Comments may also be submitted by mail or hand delivery/courier, addressed to Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, Room 1870, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20230.

As with the existing Steel Import Monitoring, should the Aluminum Import Monitoring become effective, Universal Logistics may obtain the required license needed for our clients, as required.

For more information, please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1213.

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