Background

Effective July 13, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has amended its regulations to conform to current Census Bureau regulatory requirements for providing data for exported cargo.

In 2008, 2013, and 2016 the Census Bureau amended the Foreign Trade Regulations to require exporters to use the Automated Export System to file export commodity and transportation information, known as electronic export information, directly with CBP and Census. These amendments concurrently eliminated the use of the shipper’s export declaration, the paper form previously used by exporters to report export information.

CBP’s regulations, however, still refer to AES as a voluntary program and refer to the SED and other outdated provisions and terminology in the FTR. As a result, this rule incorporates current requirements for filing EEI in AES, deletes references to the SED, updates outdated terminology, and makes other conforming changes as well as non-substantive editorial and nomenclature changes.

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