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CSMS #14-000102
  Title: Incorrect Steel License Numbers Being Used
  Date: 2/18/2014 11:48:31 AM
  To: Automated Broker Interface, ACE Portal Accounts
TO:  All Filers of Steel Mill Products

SUBJECT:  Incorrect Steel License Numbers Being 

During the government shutdown in October 2013, the U.S. Department of Commerce temporarily stopped issuing entry specific steel license numbers on imports of steel mill products, and permitted importers to use two non-entry specific steel license numbers on entry summaries.  Those two temporary steel license numbers were only valid for use from October 1 – 16, 2013 and not beyond.  

It has come to our attention that some Customs brokers and importers are incorrectly continuing to use the temporary steel license numbers on entry summaries for imports of steel mill products.  This practice must cease immediately.

Brokers and/or Importers need to obtain a steel license for each entry from  the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (DOC/ITA) under the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System (SIMA).  Information is available at on obtaining steel licenses.  Also consult 19 CFR 360 for the applicable regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions regarding the requirement for steel license numbers, please contact the DOC/ITA steel licensing hotline at 202- 482-2105 or