Press Release

New Data Tool Unveiled to Help Keep American Aluminum Industry Competitive

March 1, 2022
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
(202) 482-3809

WASHINGTON – Today, the International Trade Administration (ITA) unveiled the Country of Most Recent Cast dashboard, a new addition to the Aluminum Import Monitor (AIM). The new dashboard uses information gathered from licenses required as of June 2021 for all covered aluminum imports into the United States.

The AIM Country of Most Recent Cast dashboard includes the country where the aluminum was last liquified by heat and then cast into a solid state either with or without alloying elements. This new feature provides more transparency on aluminum flows before they enter the United States and will allow industry to evaluate shifts in trade patterns in order to identify potential areas of fraud, evasion or circumvention in almost near real time.

“This new tool will help U.S. industry understand global aluminum trade flows and empower them to take action when the rules are not being followed in foreign markets,” said Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance Lisa Wang. “These never-before-seen data sets are critical to our trade enforcement efforts which keep American aluminum companies and their workers competitive.”

Aluminum importers are required to register and obtain a license through ITA’s AIM licensing portal. The AIM portal is overseen by ITA’s Enforcement & Compliance unit, and the licenses are free, automatic, and require importers to provide shipment information typically found in Customs documentation, as well as country of cast and smelt. ITA will hold a virtual demo of its new AIM Country of Most Recent Cast dashboard on Wednesday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Please RSVP to


About the International Trade Administration 
The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has more than 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. For more information on ITA, visit

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