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The International Scrap Recycling Institute (ISRI) has clarified that aluminum scrap is not included in the aluminum imports that fall under the latest Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system introduced by the US Department of Commerce.


Adina Renee Adler, vice president of Advocacy at ISRI, however, added that some secondary aluminum products that are made from aluminum scrap may fall under the rules pertaining to aluminum imports under AIM.


Echoing the Aluminum Association’s recent comments on the new system, Adler said AIM would ensure that certain countries were not using shipments to Canada and Mexico to circumvent the duties on aluminum products that fall under the Section 232 tariffs in the US.


AIM was introduced in December 2020 and requires aluminum importers to apply for a license to receive shipments for certain aluminum products. All businesses that are importing aluminum products covered under AIM must apply online for their respective licenses by Jan 25, the December ruling had indicated.

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