The Census Bureau has decided to cancel the advance export information pilot program effective Dec. 13 due to inadequate participation.

Census is responsible for collecting, compiling, and publishing U.S. trade statistics and the Automated Export System is the primary instrument used for collecting export trade data. This data is submitted via electronic export information (the electronic equivalent of the shipper’s export declaration), which consists of the data elements set forth in 15 CFR 30.6 for an export shipment and includes information such as the exporter’s identifying information and detailed information concerning the exported product.

Prior to the implementation of the pilot the Foreign Trade Regulations allowed two filing options: pre-departure filing and post-departure filing. Exporters participating in the pilot agreed to submit a limited set of EEI in accordance with existing filing deadlines, followed by the full set of data elements submitted within five calendar days of the date of export.

However, Census states that the pilot initially attracted only seven participants and that this number had dropped to two by July 1, 2022. Census is therefore canceling the pilot and eliminating it as an AES filing option.

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