Category Archives: Foreign Trade Regulations

How Do You Report a Drop Shipment?



By: Omari Wooden How do you report a drop shipment in the Automated Export System (AES)? First, let’s discuss a hypothetical scenario that involves a drop shipment. A foreign party purchases a product from a U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI), … Continue reading

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Exporting Software: To file or not to file? Part 2



By: Omari Wooden In my last post, I discussed the requirement to file exports of mass market software. Now, I’ll discuss and clarify the requirements of reporting intangible products such as customized software or products. The Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) recognizes … Continue reading

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Exporting Software: To file or not to file, Part 1



By: Omari Wooden The Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) mandates the filing of Electronic Export Information (EEI) in the Automated Export System (AES) for shipments of physical goods. The key word here is “physical.” In order for an item or product to be … Continue reading

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Selling Stuff Online?



By: Sean Kline If you’re like me, you’ve probably sold something online before. Most of the time, people are selling relatively inexpensive items in small quantities. So, what happens when you sell tangible items to a foreign buyer via the Internet … Continue reading

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Who is the USPPI Anyway?



By: Sean Kline Determining who the USPPI is in an export transaction can be challenging at times. There are five different parties that can be the USPPI. Those parties include: U.S. Seller U.S. Manufacturer U.S. Order Party U.S. Customs Broker Foreign … Continue reading

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The Confidentiality of Your Electronic Export Information (EEI)



By: Sean Kline Why is EEI collected? The EEI is collected for two reasons. The U.S. Census Bureau collects the EEI for statistical purposes and other federal agencies, such as the Bureau of Industry and Security and the Customs and Border … Continue reading

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Filing Citations and Exemption Legends



By: Sean Kline Overview A filing citation is a notation placed on the commercial loading documentation indicating that Electronic Export Information (EEI) filed in the Automated Export System (AES) has been accepted or will be filed in the AES. In contrast, … Continue reading

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Voluntary Self-Disclosures (VSD)



By: Sean Kline When is a VSD necessary? The VSD process is designed for systematic errors rather than the occasional typographical error. For example, if you discover that you failed to file the Electronic Export Information (EEI) for a series of … Continue reading

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Penalties – Part 2: Aggravating Factors



By: Omari Wooden A few weeks ago, I discussed the penalty provisions found in Subpart H of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). So let’s do a quick recap… Potential violations include, but are not limited to, failure to file Electronic Export … Continue reading

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