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Changes To Aluminum Import Licensing Applications

May 3, 2022

Recently it was announced that the aluminum import license application data requirements have been modified.

This is a courtesy notice to inform you that aluminum import licensing applications will require “country of largest smelt” as well as “country of second largest smelt” starting on June 29, 2022. Entering “unknown” in these fields will no longer be accepted.

Following is a recap of the new requirements.

Affected Commodities: Aluminum with HS Tariff Classification in 7601 through 7609, and 7616.99.5160 and 7616.99.5170.

Background:

Beginning January 25, 2021, US Importers of some aluminum were required to register for a license.

On December 23, 2020, the US Department of Commerce (Commerce) published a final rule in the Federal Register adopting the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system regulations and establishing an AIM website. The AIM website consists of an online aluminum import license application platform and public AIM monitor.

Products Affected By This New Requirement Will Be:

  • Unwrought Aluminum - alloy and non-alloy
  • Bars, Rods, and Profiles - non-alloy
  • Hollow Profiles - Alloyed
  • Bars, Rods & Solid Profiles - Alloyed
  • Redraw Rod
  • Wire - Alloy and non-alloy
  • Sheet & Plate
  • Can Stock
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Seamless Pipe and Tube
  • non-Seamless Pipe and Tube
  • Tube and Pipe Fittings
  • Castings and Forgings
Tariff numbers affected

Definitions:

Country of Largest Smelt:

The country where the largest volume of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the product was smelted applies to the country where the largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (or aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall–Héroult process. Filers may state “not applicable” for this field if the product contains only secondary aluminum and no primary aluminum. Secondary aluminum is defined as aluminum metal that is produced from recycled aluminum scrap through a re-melting process. For license applications up to December 23, 2021, filers may state “unknown” for this field. Effective December 24, 2021, filers may not state “unknown” for this field.

The country where the second largest volume of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the product was smelted applies to the country where the second-largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (or aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall–Héroult process. Filers may state “not applicable” for this field if the product does not contain a second largest volume of primary aluminum or if the product contains only secondary aluminum and no primary aluminum. Secondary aluminum is defined as aluminum metal that is produced from recycled aluminum scrap through a re-melting process. For license applications up to December 23, 2021, filers may state “unknown” for this field. Effective December 24, 2021, filers may not state “unknown” for this field.

The country, where the product was most recently cast, applies to the country where Most Recent Cast: the aluminum (with or without alloying elements) was last liquified by heat and cast into a solid state. The final solid state can take the form of either a semi-finished product (slab, billets, or ingots) or a finished aluminum product. Filers may not state “not applicable” for this field. Filers may not state “unknown” for this field. Please spell out the country name (no abbreviations).

The final rule offers a grace period of one year for the reporting of the country of first and second smelt if not known. This grace period will run from January 25th, 2021 through December 24, 2021.

Exceptions To The Requirements:

Shipments valued at less than $2,500 USD and meeting the requirements to be entered under an informal consumption entry will not require an Aluminum License.

Imports of aluminum products valued at less than $5,000 USD are subject to reduced reporting requirements under the Low-Value License. Under this provision, the license number can be used multiple times for the same importer of record until the threshold of $5,000 USD is met.

Please reach out to your account manager with any questions you have about these requirements at any time by emailing  ‍tcg@pcbusa.com or calling 360.332.8534. We are here for you always.