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On Friday, January 22, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued Cargo System Messaging Service (CSMS) # 45799085 delaying the Aluminum Import License requirement until March 29, 2021. This delay announcement is in response to the “Regulatory Freeze” issued by the White House Chief of Staff on January 20, 2021.

This delay is focused on the recently implemented rule announced by the Department of Commerce on December 23, 2020, in Federal Register 85 No 247 FR 83804. This rule included the adoption of the new Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) System, which will act as the aluminum import license application platform.

This delay means that aluminum 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.

Important Information:

  • AIM System Website:
  • Aluminum Harmonized Tariff List:
  • January 4, 2021: Operational date for AIM
    • Applicants can obtain their Identification Numbers (SIMA users do not need a new account)
    • Begin applying for licenses
  • March 29, 2021: NEW effective date when licenses will be required for all covered aluminum imports

Importers or brokers will be required to apply for and obtain an import license for each entry of certain aluminum products into the United States.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Noatum Logistics representative.