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Customs Updates: Update about the Commerce Aluminum Import License Program

Brokers and importers were notified that imports of most aluminum products would require an aluminum import license for each entry beginning on January 25, 2021. See the list of aluminum products subject to the new licensing requirement. The aluminum import license number obtained from Commerce for each shipment, as well as the License Type Code 28, must be reported on the corresponding entry summary or electronic equivalent in ACE.

The new licensing system is available at the International Trade Administration site and opened for pre-registration on January 4, 2021. Importers, brokers, and other license applicants will need to register for an account in order to create a license. The Trade is advised to plan accordingly and obtain any licenses needed for entry in advance from the Commerce website. The new aluminum license system will use the same platform as the steel licensing system (SIMA), so users with an existing steel license account do not need to create new accounts.

Commerce has published a final rule concerning the aluminum license. This final rule details the new system, including license requirements and the platform for the license application.

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