Aluminum Import Monitoring System Licenses Now Required

As of June 28, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires an aluminum import license be obtained on imports of affected aluminum product, with the license number transmitted in the entry summary.

Licenses may be obtained by importers, or their customs brokers, using the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) portal.

The following information is required to obtain a license:

  • Volume
  • Value
  • Expected date of importation
  • HTS code
  • Country of origin
  • Country where the aluminum used in the manufacture of the imported product was most recently
  • Country where imported aluminum products were smelted

A one-year grace period is in effect for certain reporting requirements for aluminum licenses.  This delay places importers on notice that they need to collect the necessary documentation that tracks this information within their supply chains and provides an adjustment period to start collecting information on country of smelt.

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If you have questions regarding requirements for an aluminum import license, please contact your Livingston account manager.