Background

The Census Bureau is accepting comments through Nov. 19 on information collections associated with the Automated Export System.

With some exceptions, an electronic AES record is required for all export shipments valued more than $2,500 per Schedule B number, including from foreign-trade zones, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; for exports from the U.S. to Puerto Rico; and for exports to the USVI from the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Additionally, an AES record is required for the export of rough diamonds, used self-propelled vehicles, and all exports requiring an export license from any other government agency or a license exemption from the Department of State, regardless of value. An AES record is also required for exports with certain license exceptions from the Bureau of Industry and Security.

Exporters are not required to file electronic export information for the majority of shipments to Canada. However, exports to Canada of rough diamonds or used vehicles, or those that require a license, must be filed through AES. Exports through Canada destined to another country also require an AES record.

Foreign Trade Regulations sections 30.7 and 30.45 require evidence of the proof of filing, post-departure filing citation, AES downtime citation, exemption or exclusion legend on the bill of lading, air waybill, or other commercial loading documents. These annotations also appear in the electronic manifest submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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