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Aluminum Import Licensing Requirement Delayed to March 29, 2021

Pursuant to the White House Chief of Staff’s memorandum concerning “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” issued on January 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is delaying the effective date of the final rule, entitled “Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System,” from January 25, 2021 to March 29, 2021. The final rule was published on December 23, 2020 and can be found here:

Commerce has submitted a notice to the Federal Register delaying the effective date of the final rule in order to allow the incoming Administration time to review the final rule and consider any additional comments before implementation.

This delay means that 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. The AIM system website ( continues to be operational and will provide further guidance on licenses already issued and the issuance of new licenses during the intervening period prior to March 29, 2021. Further information on the AIM monitor will also be provided on the website.

If you have any questions about this announcement, please do not hesitate to reach out to your OTS Sales Representative.