The Census Bureau is seeking public comments by Dec. 5 on the clarity and usability of, and any other matters related to, the regulatory requirements for routed transactions. This includes the definition of a routed export transaction found in 15 CFR 30.1 as well as the general responsibilities of parties to such transactions as detailed in 15 CFR 30.3.

Routed export transactions are those in which the foreign principal party in interest controls the movement of the goods out of the U.S. Because the FPPI cannot file electronic export information it is required to authorize a U.S. agent or the USPPI to file the EEI on its behalf.

Census is specifically seeking input on the following issues.

- suggested definitions of “routed export transaction” if the current one is not clear

- any needed modifications to the data elements that (a) the USPPI must provide to the U.S. authorized agent and (b) the agent must provide when filing EEI

- any needed clarifications to the carrier’s responsibilities under the Foreign Trade Regulations

- which party (the USPPI or the agent) should report the data elements needed to complete the Automated Export System filing that are not currently located in the FTR (e.g., hazmat indicator, routed export transaction, foreign-trade zone identifier)

- any needed clarifications of the responsibilities of parties in a routed export transaction

- ways to improve the process to authorize filing in a routed export transaction

- ways to revise the FTR to align with the Export Administration Regulations on routed export transactions (the Bureau of Industry and Security proposed to remove the term “routed export transaction” from its regulations in February 2014; click here for more information)

- ways to improve parties’ understanding of the requirements of a routed export transaction and their roles in a standard or routed export transaction

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