Category Archives: Export Filing

The Importance of Record Retention in AES



By: Nidaal Jubran How important is it to retain documentation filing in the Automated Export System (AES)? We receive many inquiries from users who are experiencing issues which stem from poor record retention on a daily basis. I make an effort … Continue reading

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Local Chambers of Commerce Go International – Again



By: Chris Mead, Senior Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, an organization of 1,200 chambers of commerce, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. From the earliest days, international trade has been a major concern for local chambers of commerce. … Continue reading

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How to Make International Sales without Leaving Home



By: Doug Barry, senior international trade specialist with the Trade Information Center, U.S. Commercial Service A best-kept secret is that domestic trade shows are great places to meet and sell to international buyers. U.S. businesses that have discovered this relatively … Continue reading

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Why Did I Get a Verify Message?



By: Eric Gauthier In previous blog postings we have talked about Fatal Error and Compliance Alert response messages, but there’s another type of message that gets a lot of attention, VERIFY. This means certain fields reported in the Electronic Export Information … Continue reading

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Resources at AESDirect.gov



By: Nidaal Jubran When I first started in the Automated Export System branch of the Foreign Trade Division a little over a year ago, I found myself relying heavily on the information at our website in order to understand the nuances … Continue reading

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Have You Used The Shipment Manager Yet?



By: Eric Gauthier All AESDirect filers now have an option to manage their Electronic Export Information (EEI) – the Shipment Manager.  It offers a new way to search, review and retrieve your submitted EEI over the last five years. Highlighted Features: … Continue reading

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Decoding the SRN



By: Nyitre Rodgers and Nidaal Jubran A Requirement of the AES is that every shipment must have a unique Shipment Reference Number (SRN). See FTR Letter No.2. The SRN is a unique 17-character alphanumeric number assigned by the filer to each shipment. … Continue reading

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Are Your Rough Diamonds Kimberley Process Certified?



By: Erin Days Almost everyone loves a diamond whether it’s been cut and polished or still in its rough form. However, those beautiful diamonds can go through an involved process before they are sent to your local jewelry store. If … Continue reading

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Featured Videos: Registering for and Filing A Shipment Using AESDirect



    These videos are taken from a series of Export Videos produced jointly by the US Census Bureau and International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce.  To view a complete list of all our videos, go to … Continue reading

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How to Write a (Simple) Export Plan



By: Guest Blogger Doug Barry, International Trade Administration Most small and midsize U.S. exporters do not have a written export plan. Maybe this is a big reason why, according to figures from the Small Business Administration, only one percent of … Continue reading

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