New Aluminum Import Monitoring System Proposed

May 6, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Commerce proposed the creation of an Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) program.  It would be comparable to the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) program.

In addition to tracking surges in imports of aluminum, it would also assist in identifying possible trans-shipments which could be used to evade or circumvent antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) and Section 232 duty.

Products covered include Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Headings 7601, 7604-7609, and HTS 7616.99.5160 and 7616.99.5170.

Under the proposed AIM program, importers of covered products would be required to obtain an import license, with the license number input into the Customs entry.

The license would identify the country in which the aluminum was smelted and poured, as well as the countries of origin and export, the value, quantity, HTS number, the entry type, port of entry, and details on the parties involved (filer, importer, exporter, manufacturer).

Comments on this proposed rule are being accepted until May 29, 2020 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at, using Docket ITA-2020-200408-0103.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed aluminum importing monitoring program, Livingston can help!  Please contact either your Livingston account manager or our regulatory affairs group at