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Eliminating the use of your Social Security Number (SSN) in the Automated Export System (AES)
Posted By rosannatorres On March 4, 2010 @ 9:52 am In Foreign Trade Regulations | 1 Comment
By: Justin Jenkins
Since the publication of the SSN Final Rule , many have asked, “Why am I no longer able to use my SSN  to register or file through the AES?” Since the SSN is no longer accepted in the AES, you are now required to report an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet.
This rule was implemented to ensure that the SSN of the U. S. Principle Party in Interest (USPPI) or authorized agent is protected in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974.
An EIN can be obtained for exporting purposes from the Internal Revenue Service and a DUNS number can be obtained from Dun and Bradstreet after an EIN has been obtained. Obtaining an EIN  is simple and free of charge and we have step-by-step instructions  on our website at www.census.gov/trade.
For additional information regarding the SSN interim Final Rule, please visit the Regulations  tab on our website.
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URLs in this post:
 SSN Final Rule: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/regulations/fedregnotices/fedreg_20100222.html
 SSN: https://twiki.econ.census.gov:8443/bin/view/FTD/SSN
 Obtaining an EIN: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=102767,00.html
 step-by-step instructions: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/regulations/index.html