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When placing the AI file hold Shift before clicking Place. This will trigger the Import Options dialog box. There you’ll be able to choose to import the entire page rather than just the artwork.
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In addition to holding shift, you can check 'Show Import Options' at the bottom of the place dialog box.
One of the benefits of placing AI files instead of EPS (and there are enough of them to render EPS obsolete) is that you can use the PDF format's Page Boxes when placing into InDesign. For instance, Trim or Bleed when placing compositions, but Art when placing logos.
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When you place the Illustrator (.ai) file select "Show Import Options" (left picture). You will then get the Place PDF (which is part of the.ai file) dialog window where you can choose an option such as "Trim" or "Crop" which will bring in the remaining part of the Illustrator file.