The Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division is excited to announce the publication of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Title 15, Part 30. The FTR Highlights are now available. The publication of the final rule implements the provisions of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Public Law 107-228, requiring mandatory filing of export information via the Automated Export System (AES). This final rule was published in the Federal Register on June 2, 2008. The FTR will become effective 30 days from the date of publication on July 2, 2008. We are also providing the trade an additional 90 days from the effective date to implement these new regulations. Implementation of the FTR will occur on September 30, 2008. After the 90-day implementation period, you must file your export information electronically through the AES. One filing option is through our free on line system, AESDirect.
If you currently file paper Shipper’s Export Declarations (SEDs), STOP!
After September 30, 2008, exporters that submit paper SEDs will be in violation of the FTR and subject to penalties. Your export information must be filed electronically through the AES. In addition, all exporters must adhere to the new filing timeframes determined by the mode of transportation. These new regulations have tougher penalty provisions that will affect all parties involved in the export process. It is important that you understand these new requirements so that you avoid costly penalties. A number of workshops are being provided to assist you in better understanding the new requirements.
If you have any questions with regards to the new regulations or the AES, please contact the Foreign Trade Division on 800-549-0595. Select option 1 to reach the Automated Export System Branch for export reporting issues or option 3 to reach the Regulations, Outreach and Education Branch for regulatory concerns. The entire FTR, along with other information including a list of frequently asked questions, can also be found on the Census Bureau’s website