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The Department of Commerce has published a required change to the information required on a steel license application. The new rule and new form will be effective and available on Oct 13, until that time the current format is to be used. The change involves an additional data element required on the application for a steel license. Effective Oct 13 the application requires information about the country of melt and pour. This amounts to additional required information we will have to collect from the importer or the commercial documents in order to obtain a license when entering regulated steel products.

In order to make this change as seamless as possible the Steel Import Monitoring Analysis (SIMA) team is offering free webinars to the public. Information on these webinars and the regulatory change are contained in the SIMA emails below. We encourage you to be aware of and prepared for this change in order to minimize any disruption of you supply chain.

Sam McClure, LCB
Director of Compliance & Customs Services


” Dear SIMA Users,In case some of you missed it, we sent out the following email on Friday, September 11 (the publication date of our official Federal Register Notice) to alert everyone to the upcoming changes to the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system.

The effective date for the changes is October 13, 2020, three weeks from today.
As explained below, please note that beginning October 13, 2020, there will be a new required field on the steel import license form requiring users to provide information about the country of melt and pour on all standard licenses (from all countries).

There will also be a new license application site starting October 13. This new application will not be available to the public until October 13, 2020. Therefore, any imports prior to October 13 are not subject to the new rule, but do remain subject to the current rule.

We will offer live, demonstration webinars to the public on how to use the new license application on September 28 and September 30, and we will also have demos of the new monitor on October 1, and on October 7. If there is enough demand, we would also be happy to schedule additional demonstration webinars at different dates/times, although you must email us that you are interested in a different date/time.

Please note that each attendee MUST individually register for a demo to attend, since we will be validating registrations before allowing admittance to the demos.

Consequently, you may not just join using the link we provide to other coworkers at your company.  Information on the times available for demos, and instructional videos about how to use the new application and SIMA monitor can be found at: Please see the email below (first sent on September 11).

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. “


[beginning of message from September 11, 2020]


” Dear steel license applicants:

Today, September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a final rule modifying the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system regulations and accompanying SIMA website, including the steel license application and public monitor. See [FR link]. The new requirements will take effect on October 13, 2020.In addition to modifying SIMA’s regulations (19 CFR Part 360), we are launching a new steel license application and updating our platform for the first time in over 10 years. Because there will be a new license registration/application process, we have prepared a website to introduce the new look and features of the modernized system. This will assist users in transitioning to the new system. Many of the new features of the SIMA system will improve users’ ability to manage their accounts (including resetting passwords and correcting licenses older than three months). Please note that beginning October 13, 2020, there will be a new required field on the steel import license form requiring users to provide information about the country of melt and pour on all standard licenses (from all countries).

The licenses from the current licensing system will be referred to as the “legacy” system licenses after October 13, 2020. They will remain valid for entry until the date of expiration.

Important: The current steel import license application website will be unavailable for submitting licenses or accessing accounts from October 10-12, 2020 (three days prior to the October 13, 2020 effective date of the final rule), in order to move the legacy licenses to the new platform. The legacy system will be unavailable after October 10.  As detailed in the final rule, Commerce will accept manual license applications on an emergency basis from October 10-12. The new license application will be available beginning on October 13, 2020. Therefore, please plan accordingly in applying for new steel licenses.

If your primary email address from the legacy system remains valid, all your licenses will be connected with your new account upon registration on the new platform and your transition will be seamless. You will receive a verification code in your email to confirm your account, which you will enter to complete your registration in the new system.

If you do not receive confirmation emails when applying for licenses or your username is no longer a valid email address, please contact us immediately. We can assist you in updating user accounts with valid email addresses. License applicants will need a valid email address to use the new system and to maintain access to licenses from the legacy system. If you wait until the new requirements take effect, this could delay setting up accounts on the new platform.

We encourage you to visit the new SIMA information web page for information on:

•    Modifications to the SIMA System
•    Instructional Videos on How to Apply for Licenses on The New Platform
•    Information About Registering for A Demo
•    Samples of the New Licenses
•    New Product Concordance
•    Updated FAQs (including a Glossary of Terms)
•    Contact Information for SIMA team

Please consider registering for a demo of the new system. As always, please let us know if you have questions. Please contact us by email at . If necessary, we will call you back.

Thank you,

The Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) team
Office of Policy
U.S. Department of Commerce/ Enforcement and Compliance





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