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Aluminum Association Launches Monthly Import Monitoring Program Tracker

Member Benefit Provides Insight and Analysis on International Trade Administration’s Aluminum Import Monitoring Program

Today, the Aluminum Association launched a monthly report tracking key insights from the International Trade Administration’s Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) program. The Aluminum Association long advocated for the creation of an AIM system as a critical tool for trade monitoring and enforcement and to address possible transshipment in the aluminum market. The program was included as a priority item in the Commerce Department’s fiscal year 2021 budget request with strong bipartisan support and is administered by the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. 

“The AIM system is a critical early warning tool for the aluminum industry to track trade flows and enforce trade laws,” said Charles Johnson, president & CEO of the Aluminum Association. “The association’s monthly report analyzing key data from the AIM will help us to be nimble and responsive to trends in the marketplace in near real time.”

The report includes a breakdown of aluminum import license applications by product type and country as well as detailed spreadsheets with all relevant data through February 28. Notable import increases highlighted in this month’s report include:

  • The Tube & Pipe fitting product category saw a 184% increase over the three-month Census average driven by an unprecedented amount of license applications from Italy. 
  • South African import license volume showed a 302% increase over the three-month census average with a total volume of 22,775 metric tons (MT). 
  • Chinese import license volume showed a 24% increase over the three-month census average with a total volume of 23,981MT.

The full report is available to members of the Aluminum Association by logging in at

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About The Aluminum Association
The Aluminum Association represents aluminum production and jobs in the United States, ranging from primary production to value added products to recycling, as well as suppliers to the industry. The association is the industry’s leading voice, representing companies that make 70% of the aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North America. The association develops global standards, business intelligence, sustainability research and industry expertise for member companies, policymakers and the general public. The aluminum industry helps manufacturers produce sustainable and innovative products, including more fuel-efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics.  In the U.S., the aluminum industry supports $176 billion in economic activity and more than 634,000 jobs. For more information visit or find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. 

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