Today we have published new export reporting requirements in the Federal Register. The new requirements will be effective on April 5, 2014. The publication of the final rule amends the regulations published in 2008 that govern how exporters must file electronic export information with the Census Bureau. An “informed compliance” period regarding the new regulations will be in place until October 2, 2014.
***Please Note: This was updated as of April 8, 2014***
Highlights of the changes to the FTR include:
- Postdeparture filing (§30.5)
- Postdeparture filing timeframe has changed from 10 calendar days to 5 calendar days.
- A moratorium on accepting new applications for postdeparture filing is still in place.
- Household Goods
- Change in Definition-Usual and reasonable kinds and quantities of personal property necessary and appropriate for use by the USPPI in the USPPI’s dwelling in a foreign country that are shipped under a bill of lading or an air waybill and are not intended for sale.
- The household goods export code can only be used for shipments where the USPPI is the ultimate consignee.
- Used Self-Propelled Vehicles
- Must be filed in the AES regardless of value or country of destination 30.2(a)(1)(iv)(H)).
- Must be filed 72 hours prior to export (§30.4(b)(5)).
- Port of export (§30.6(a)(9))
- Specifies that the port of export for shipments by overland transportation is where the goods cross the U.S. border into Canada or Mexico, including transshipments through Canada or Mexico to other countries.
- The language for port of export was revised in §30.6(a)(9) to include previous FTR §30.6(a)(9)(i) and (ii).
- Split Shipments (§30.28)
- Applies to all modes of transportation, not just air.
- Change in definition- a shipment booked for export that is divided by the carrier into more than one conveyance and sent on two or more conveyances of the same carrier from the same port within 24 hours for vessel shipments and 7 days by air, truck, or rail.
**The updated definition can be found in FTR Letter No. 6 (Revised)**
- AES filing is not required for licensed goods where the country of ultimate destination is the United States or for goods destined to international waters where the person(s) or entity assuming control of the item(s) is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States (§30.2(d)(5)).
- The Exclusion legend is required to be reported on the bill of lading, air waybill, export shipping instructions, or other commercial loading documents.
- Exemptions (§30.37)
- The following exemptions were added:
- Exports of technical data and defense service exemptions as defined in 22 CFR 123.22 (b)(3)(iii) are exempt from the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing requirements (§30.37(u)).
- Reporting vessels, aircraft, cargo vans, and other carriers and containers when shipping as tools of international trade (§30.37(v)).
- Shipments to Army Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office, Fleet Post Office (§30.37(w)).
- Shipments exported under License Exception BAG (§30.37(x)).
- Specific types of shipments destined for a country listed in Country Group E:1 (§30.37(y)). Country Group E:1 are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. These countries support acts of international terrorism.
- The following exemptions were removed:
- Temporary shipments: temporary shipments of goods valued over $2,500 per Schedule B or that fall under 30.2(a)(1)(iv) must be filed in the AES. When reporting temporary exports report the appropriate export information code for temporary goods, such as “TE” export intended for return and “TP” domestic merchandise (§30.37(q) and I).
- In-bond (in-transit) shipments (§30.37I). This is covered under the current exclusion (30.2(d)(1)).
- The following exemptions were added:
- International waters
- Change in definition- waters located outside the U.S. territorial sea, which extends 12 nautical miles measured from the baselines of the United States, and outside the territory of any foreign country, including the territorial water thereof. Note that vessels, platforms, buoys, undersea systems, and other similar structures that are located in international waters, but are attached permanently or temporarily to a country’s continental shelf, are considered to be within the territory of that country.
- For licensed shipments to international waters, it will be required that the person designated on the export license must be reported as the ultimate consignee (§30.6).
- For Bureau of Industry and Security license exceptions and non-licensed shipments to international waters the filer will be required to report the nationality of the person(s) or entity assuming control of the item(s) subject to the EAR (§30.6(a)(5)(i)).
- Data elements (§30.6)
Two data elements were added:
- License value – Report the value indicated on the license.
- Ultimate consignee –There are four types: Direct Consumer, Government Entity, Reseller, and Other/Unknown. Other/Unknown is an entity that does not fall under one of the other three ultimate consignee types or whose type is not know at the time of export.
The U. S. Census Bureau will continue its outreach and education efforts through the AES Compliance Seminars and Workshops throughout the United States, as well as Webinars and other presentations. For further information on our outreach and education efforts or for assistance with filing EEI, contact the Regulations staff at 1-800-549-0595, option 3 or via email at email@example.com.