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Table 1.  "List of Elements Collected in the Automated Export System"

For a complete listing of all data required and the conditions for filing, please refer to the Automated Export System Trade Interface Requirements (AESTIR) document on the public Customs web site under “export” or on the AES section of the public Census web site.

Data Element


Filer ID

Identifies party filing commodity information; must be either DUNS or EIN

Filer ID Type

Indicates type of filer ID, i.e., DUNS or EIN

Application Identifier

Indicates commodity filing or transportation related data being transmitted

Transmitter Date

Date of transmission by transmitter

Batch Control Number

Filer/transmitter’s internal batch identifier

Data Entry Center Indicator

Data Entry Centers can no longer transmit new filings to AES, effective 4/1/2005.

Transmitter ID

Identifies transmitter of the data; may be the same as the filer ID, or, it may be a third party service center such as Flagship Customs Services or port authority.


USPPI identification number  (DUNS, EIN, or Foreign)


DUNS, EIN, or Foreign


Company name.

Related Company Indicator

Indicates ownership by either USPPI or ultimate consignee of 10% or more of the other’s voting securities.

Mode of Transportation

2-digit code for method of transport.

Country of Ultimate Destination

ISO Code for country of destination.

U.S. State of Origin Code

Two letter state code where goods originated.

Carrier ID


Shipment Reference Number

Unique identifier of the shipment.

Shipment Filing Action Request Indicator

The AES action requested for this commodity shipment transaction: Add, Replace, Change, Cancel

Conveyance Name/Carrier Name

Vessel/Carrier name

Filing Option Indicator

An indication as to the type of filing ‘option’ chosen by the filer for the commodity shipment transaction:

Port of Unlading

Schedule K or D code for port where goods will unload. Required for all vessel and some air shipments.

Port of Exportation

Schedule D Code for port of export or border crossing point.

Estimated Date of Export

Date of export from US.

Hazardous Material Indicator

Y or N depending upon whether goods are hazardous.

Inbond Code

An indication of whether the shipment is being ‘transported under bond.’

Entry Number

If in-bond, the in-bond entry number must be provided. If shipment is transiting to a third party country but entry is made in the US instead of using an in-bond process, the import entry number must be provided.

Foreign Trade Zone Identifier

Identity of the Foreign Trade Zone from which the merchandise was withdrawn.

Routed Export Transaction Indicator

Y or N depending upon whether goods are controlled by an FPPI.

Equipment Number

The identity of the equipment or shipping container that contains the cargo.

Seal Number

The number from the Customs and Border Protection seal on a shipping container.

Transportation Reference Number

Number referencing a transportation booking, bill of lading, pro-bill, or master air waybill

Party ID

Identifier of USPPI, forwarding agent, ultimate consignee, or intermediate consignee.

Party ID Type

Either DUNS, EIN, or foreign entity.

Party Type

Either USPPI, forwarding agent, ultimate consignee, or intermediate consignee.

Party Name

Company or enterprise name

Contact Identification

First and Last Name

To Be Sold En Route Indicator

Y or N depending upon whether goods are sold en route.

Address for Party

Street address for Ult. Consignee

Contact Phone Number for Party

Phone Number for Ult. Consignee


City for Ult. Consignee

State Code

State abbreviation for Ult. Consignee

Country Code

Mailing address (country)

Postal Code

Zip code


EIN/Tax ID Number


Type of ID used by USPPI

Export Information Code

AES Code for Export Type

Line Number

Commodity line number within a shipment

Commodity Description

Description of the goods

Line Item Filing Action Request Indicator

The AES action requested for this commodity line item: Add, Change or Delete

License Code/License Exemption Code

Indicates license type, not unique license number

Foreign/Domestic Origin Indicator

Indicates origin of the commodity being shipped

Schedule B/HTS Number

Schedule B or HTS Code for goods being shipped

Unit of Measure (1)

Unit according to 1st Schedule B Reporting number

Quantity (1)

Quantity shipped, according to 1st Schedule B Reporting Unit

Value of Goods (2)

Value in whole US dollars

Unit of Measure (2)

Unit according to 2nd Schedule B Reporting number

Quantity (2)

Quantity shipped, according to 2nd Schedule B Reporting Unit

Shipping Weight

Weight in whole kilograms

Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)

Issued by BIS

Export License Number/CFR Citation/ Authorization Symbol/KPC Number

Can only be one of these:  export license number, Code of Federal Regulations citation, authorization symbol, or Kimberley Process Certificate Number (number assigned for rough diamond export)

DDTC ITAR Exemption Number

The specific citation (exemption number) under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) from the Code of Federal Register (see 22 CFR 120-130) that exempts the shipment from the requirements for a license or other written authorization from the Directorate of Trade Controls (DDTC).

DDTC Registration Number

DDTC assigns registration number to registered manufacturer or exporter that has authorization from DDTC to export the shipment.

DDTC Significant Military Equipment Indicator

An indication that the articles reported warrant special export controls because of their capacity for substantial military utility of capability.

DDTC Eligible Party Certification Indicator

Self-certification indicator by the exporter.

DDTC USML Category Code

The DDTC U.S. Munitions List (USML) category of article, service, or related technical data as is applies to the article reported.

DDTC Unit of Measure Code

The unit of measure for the article being shipped.  The unit of measure provided on the export authorization.

DDTC Quantity

Total number of units that correspond to the DDTC measure reported.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)/Product ID

Product ID is for used vehicles lacking a VIN.

Vehicle ID Qualifier

Distinguishes between VIN and Product ID

Vehicle Title Number

Title number issued by Motor Vehicle Administration.

Vehicle Title State Code

Title state issued by Motor Vehicle Administration.

The following items are collected only in the Vessel Manifest System**

These are collected under CBP's authority and are only used for research by FTD

Vessel Country Code

An International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code representing the flag country of the conveyance.

Vessel Name

Report the vessel’s name. Do NOT report ‘VESSEL.’

Voyage Number

The voyage number entered using no slashes.  If this data element is not available, use the Julian date.

Number of Bookings or Bills of Lading

The total number of bills of lading for all CBP district/ports of unlading on the manifest. This is a mandatory data element for transmissions to CBP.

Manifest Sequence Number

The manifest sequence number. This number is an optional carrier‑assigned sequence number. The system-generated default is one (000001). It may be a date. Once transmitted, it cannot be changed.

Conveyance Code

The Lloyds of London registry code representing the importing conveyance. This code is mandatory if Conveyance Name is not entered in positions 12‑34 of this record.

Number of Bookings or Bills of Lading for Port

The total number of bills of lading/house bills transmitted for the CBP district/port.

Carrier Master Booking/Bill of Lading Issuer Code

The SCAC code of the issuer of the bill(s) of lading.

NVOCC House Booking Issuer Code


Bill of Lading Control Number

Issuer-assigned sequence number that identifies the shipment.

Manifest Quantity

A value representing the total number of pieces on the bill of lading (e.g., if there are 10 cartons and 10 bales on one bill of lading, insert the number 20 only in the manifest quantity data element).

Manifest Units

A code representing the manifest unit of measure, such as CTNS (cartons). If the unit is more than five characters, truncate the excess.


The gross weight in pounds or kilos. Input only whole numbers; no decimals or fractions.

Weight Unit

A code representing the unit of measure. Valid codes are:

LB = Pounds, KG = Kilograms
LT = Long Ton, ST = Short Ton
ET = Metric Ton,
MT = Measurement Ton

Control Number Status Indicator



Indicates type of booking

Control Number

Issuer-assigned control number that identifies booking or house bill.

Booking Quantity

Total number of pieces on the booking

Quantity Units


Booking Weight


Weight Unit


Number of Container


Type of Service


Container Equipment Length

Length (in feet and inches) of container/ equipment ordered or used to transport shipment. The formula is FFFII, where FFF is feet and II is inches. The range for II is 00 through 11.

Container/Equipment Type

A code identifying the type of container/ equipment. 

City Name for Place of Receipt (of cargo that was booked)

City name for place of receipt of cargo that was booked


State that City is in

Container SCAC


Container Number

A valid container/equipment number associated with a bill of lading. This container/equipment number must reflect the number exactly as it physically appears on the container.

Seal Number 1

A valid exporter/carrier seal number associated with the container/equipment.

Seal Number 2

A valid exporter/carrier seal number associated with the container/equipment.

Load/Empty Status Code

A code which specifies the loaded condition of the transportation equipment.  Valid status codes are: E = Empty, L = Loaded,
T = Total (rail)

Type of Service

A code specifying the extent of transportation service required. 

Line Number

Line identifier for each line of description.

Piece Count

Total number of pieces in the container.


Description of cargo in the container.

Marks and Numbers

Symbols and markings that are on the outside of the packaging.

Hazardous Material Code

A code representing the identification number assigned to the hazardous material.

Hazardous Material Class

A code representing the hazardous class or division designated for the material in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code.

Hazardous Material Code Qualifier

A code that describes the hazardous material class.

Hazardous Material Description

The proper shipping name of the material designated as hazardous.

Hazardous Material Contact

The name and/or phone number of the person or department to contact in case of an emergency.

UN Hazardous Material Page

Page number in the IMDG code in which the hazardous material identification appears.

Flash-point Temperature

A code representing the lowest temperature at which the vapor of a hazardous combustible liquid will ignite in the air.

Unit of Measure Code

Code representing the basic unit of measurement for the flash-point temperature.

Negative Indicator

Indicator when the flash-point temperature is negative or 0 degrees Centigrade/Celsius.

Hazardous Material Description

The material name, special instructions, and/or the phone number, if applicable.

Hazardous Material Classification

Free form description of hazardous material classification, division, or label requirements.

Number of Transaction Detail Records


Internal Transaction Number

System-generated number providing proof of filing and identifying the shipment in the AES system

** Some data elements listed as being collected in the AES are also collected in the Manifest section, although the definitions may not be exactly the same.  These include:  Mot, carrier code, port of lading, estimated date of departure, foreign port, export information code, country of destination, hazmat flag, party information (id, type, name, contact name, address and phone number, and VIN number.


For a complete listing of all data required and the conditions for filing, please refer to the Automated Export System Trade Interface Requirements (AESTIR) document on the public web site under “export” or on the public Census web site at


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Source:International Trade Management Division | |  Last Revised: September 10, 2015