Starting on June 29, 2022, U.S. Commerce Department (Commerce) Aluminum Import licensing applications will require both fields of “country of largest smelt” and “country of second largest smelt”, and will no longer accept “unknown”.
Commerce defines the field for the country of smelt for the largest (and second largest) volume of primary aluminum as the country where the largest volume of new aluminum metal is produced from alumina (refined aluminum oxide) by the electrolytic Hall-Héroult process.
Based on public comments in response to the preliminary rule, it was determined that importers/brokers would need time to gather required information for the countries of smelt and a grace period was granted for these fields; importers were permitted to indicate “unknown” for one year upon implementation of the regulations.
Previous details on the Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) revisions and exemptions can be found here.
For more information, please visit the Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) website at: Aluminum (trade.gov) and the Getting Started with AIM page (including the production process) and/or your GHY Account Manager.