Split Shipment Requirement in Export Regulations Eased
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Census Bureau recently issued Foreign Trade Regulations letter no. 6 to clarify that a split export shipment must leave within seven days of the original if transported by air, truck or rail. The regulation previously indicated that split shipments had to depart within 24 hours regardless of the mode of transportation, but the trade community indicated that this requirement could not be implemented by air, air express, rail or truck carriers without considerable information technology and process investments that would impose an undue burden and add significant cost to their operations.
As a result, the split shipment requirement in the FTR now reads as follows (changes in bold).
“A shipment covered by a single EEI [electronic export information] transmission booked for export on one conveyance, but divided prior to export where the exporting carrier at the port of export will file the manifest indicating that the cargo was sent on two or more of the same conveyances leaving from the same port of export of the same carrier within 24 hours by vessel or 7 days by air, truck or rail. For the succeeding parts of the shipment that are not exported within the timeframe specified above, a new EEI must be filed and amendments must be made to the original AES record.”