The Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) System launch has been delayed from January 25, 2021, to March 29, 2021. The new system will act similarly to the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System: it will require aluminum importers, or their Customs brokers, to submit information via an online portal to obtain a license (see Deringer’s December 28, 2020, trade alert). The US Department of Commerce has delayed the final rule’s effective date to allow the new Administration to review the final rule.
CSMS 45799085, dated January 22, 2021, reads, “This delay means that licenses will no longer be required for covered aluminum product imports beginning on January 25, 2021, as was previously stated in the final rule. Unless otherwise announced, the final rule will go into effect, and licenses will be required, beginning on March 29, 2021. The AIM system website (https://www.trade.gov/aluminum) continues to be operational and will provide further guidance on licenses already issued and the issuance of new licenses during the intervening period prior to March 29, 2021.”
Deringer will continue to provide information regarding the implementation of the AIM System. For immediate concerns, please contact a Deringer service center.