New Aluminum Import Monitoring Requirement

Import License Applications will from Commerce Department to eliminate the "Unknown" option on Country of Smelt Fields, beginning on June 29, 2022


All aluminum imports into the United States require an import license for Customs entry summary. The aluminum import license is an automatic license used for data collection purposes only. Importers and Licensed US Customs Brokers can obtain their aluminum licenses prior to completing their Customs entry documentation, at https://www.trade.gov/aluminum


For Country of Largest Smelt, and Country of Second Largest Smelt, the "Unknown" statement will no longer be options.


Country of Largest Smelt: The country where the largest volume of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the product was smelted applies to the country where the largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (or aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall–Héroult process. Filers may state “not applicable” for this field if the product contains only secondary aluminum and no primary aluminum. Secondary aluminum is defined as aluminum metal that is produced from recycled aluminum scrap through a re-melting process.


Country of Second Largest Smelt: The country where the second largest volume of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the product was smelted applies to the country where the second largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (or aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall–Héroult process. Filers may state “not applicable” for this field if the product does not contain a second largest volume of primary aluminum or if the product contains only secondary aluminum and no primary aluminum. Secondary aluminum is defined as aluminum metal that is produced from recycled aluminum scrap through a re-melting process.

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