License Required to Import Aluminum into the US After January 25, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Aluminum Import License program will go into effect on January 25, 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 will open on January 4, 2021, at 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.

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