Changes to Steel Import License System

The U.S. Department of Commerce is making changes to their Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) program effective with license requests as of October 13, 2020.

The new application will require the applicant to identify the country where the steel used in the manufacture of the imported steel product was melted and poured (the country of melt and pour). It is customarily identified on steel mill test certificates.

In addition, the application includes the following fields: the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number; product description; net weight in kilograms; Customs value; countries of origin and export; entry number (if available); port of entry; expected date of entry and export; names of applicant, importer, exporter, and manufacturer; and applicant contact details.

The below new tariffs are being added to align and include all steel tariffs covered by Section 232 tariffs, or you can view the new table of HTS codes for the complete new list of tariffs requiring a steel license.

  • 7228706000 – Angles, shapes, and sections of other alloy steel, not stainless.
  • 7222406000 – Angles, shapes, and sections, other, of stainless steel
  • 7217901000 – Wire of iron or nonalloy steel coated with plastic
  • 7302101065 – Used railway rails for rerolling
  • 7302101075 – Used railway rails for rerolling, other
  • 7302105040 – Used railway rails for rerolling, of alloy steel
  • 7302105060 – Used railway rails for rerolling, of alloy steel, other
  • 7302909000 – Railway or tramway track construction material of iron or steel

Commerce is increasing the value used with obtaining low-value steel licenses from a $250 to a $5,000. (A low-value license is an optional multiple-use license that allows a company to apply once for a steel import license and use it on multiple occasions for entries of covered steel products.)

Importers of covered steel products, or their customs brokers, are required to obtain an import license, with the license number reported in the Customs entry.

Note that the SIMA systems will not be available from October 10, 2020 through October 13, 2020 when the new system becomes operational.

If you have any questions regarding the changes to the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) program, Livingston can help!  Please contact either your Livingston account manager or our regulatory affairs group at