CBP Announces Delay In Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System (AIM) Until March 29th

Posted on Jan 26

CBP Announces Delay In Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System (AIM) Until March 29th

The Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) System which was scheduled to begin on January 25th has been delayed until March 29th. This system, is almost identical in nature to the current Steel Monitoring System (SIMA) and requires aluminum importers, or their Customs Brokers, to electronically obtain an import license for each shipment by submitting data through an online portal. The US Department of Commerce says the delay in the final rule’s effective date is to allow the new Administration a chance to review the final rule.

In CBP’s earlier announcement regarding this program, they stated the following:

The new licensing system will be available at https://www.trade.gov/aluminum and will open 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, see https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/23/2020-28166/aluminum-import-monitoring-and-analysis-system.

A list of the affected HTS numbers can be found here.

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