Aluminum License Requirement Delayed Until March 29, 2021

As we previously communicated, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Aluminum Import License program was set to go into effect today, January 25, 2021. This licence requirement has now been delayed and will be required as of March 29, 2021.

Items on the list of aluminum products subject to the new requirement will require a license for each entry. The list is available here:

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.

Preregistration for this licensing system opened on January 4, 2021, at and the U.S. Department of Commerce advises that importers, brokers and other license applicants will need to register for an account in order to create a license. Additionally, this 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.

Buckland can complete this filing on your behalf and in order to gather the required data elements, we have provided a form below to do so. This information is required in advance of the entry and we encourage you to share this with your suppliers and vendors as well.

For additional information regarding the final rule concerning the aluminum license, including license requirements and the platform for the license application, see 

Application Form 
We have developed an Application Form for our customers that can be completed in order to input the required data elements. Please access this fillable form by clicking the link below.
Aluminum License Application Form
Buckland is pleased to share this update and we hope that this information will be useful and beneficial. As a customer-focused company, we provide you with a single source of unmatched Customs Brokerage (Canadian, US, Mexican), Trade Managed Solutions, Freight Forwarding, Trade Technologies and Warehousing / Distribution Services. If you have questions, please reach out to Buckland today.