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30-Day Grace Period for Outdated HTS and Schedule B Numbers in AES

Thursday, January 07, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Effective Jan. 5 the Census Bureau has updated the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Schedule B tables in the Automated Export System to accept the changes to the 2016 codes. AES will accept shipments with outdated 2015 codes through Jan. 30, and reporting an outdated 2015 code after that date will result in a fatal error.

Census states that the legacy AESDirect program has been updated with the 2016 codes and will accept shipments with outdated 2015 codes during the 30-day grace period. The refactored AESDirect program has also been updated with the 2016 codes but the outdated 2015 codes are not available; these will be added on approximately Jan. 14 and available during the remainder of the grace period. Filers wanting to report outdated 2015 codes prior to approximately Jan. 14 should file in the legacy AESDirect program.

In addition, all AESPcLink users must update their AESDirect code tables to reflect the 2016 changes. Web users of AESDirect who file via the website or through the Automated Commercial Environment will have their code tables updated via the program automatically.

The 2016 Schedule B and HTS tables are available for downloading here, and the current list of HTS codes that are not valid for AES are available here.

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