FOREIGN TRADE STATISTICS: Your Key to Trade [Skip all navigation and go directly to page content]
[Go to the FTD MAIN page.]
[FTD Main Navigation] MAIN: About Foreign Trade | Data | A.E.S. | Regulations | Reference | Definitions | Schedule B | FAQs | Feedback | Search
[FTD Subject Navigation] AES: Getting Started | Document Library | Meetings and Presentations| Related Sites| Contact Us
[ADVERT: USATrade Online - Trade data online]

New BIS License Exception C59 - Strategic Trade Authorization (STA)

AES Broadcast  06/17/2011          Broadcast  #  2011034


New BIS License Exception C59 - Strategic Trade Authorization (STA)


Effective immediately, a new License Exception C59 for Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) has been added to the Automated Export System (AES).

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has created this new exception under §740.20 of the Export Administration Regulations that authorizes the export, re-export, and transfer (in-country) of specified items to authorized destinations that pose relatively low risk.  Use of the license exception STA is conditioned upon the creation and exchange by the parties to the transaction of notifications and certifications designed to provide assurance against diversion of such items to other unauthorized destinations.  The exception does not alter any of the General Prohibitions in the Export Administration Regulations against unlicensed exports, re-exports, or transfers to proscribed end users, end uses, or destinations.  This rule is part of the Administration's Export Control Reform Initiative, undertaken as a result of the fundamental review of the U.S. export control system that the President announced in August 2009.

United States Principal Parties in Interest and their authorized filing agents (AES filers) must follow the following new reporting requirements when using C59-STA to prevent the return of fatal errors from AES.

  • When reporting C59 in the AES License Type field, also report STA in the license number field.
  • Export Control Classification Number field is required.  Refer to §740.20 of the Export Administration Regulations for those items that are ineligible for the BIS license exception STA.
  • Only destinations identified in §740.20 of the Export Administration Regulations are eligible.
  • Report Export Information Codes OS, OI, CH or CI
  • Report any mode of transportation, except pipeline

A complete list of all of the AES License Type codes and reporting instructions for these types can be found at

For further information or questions regarding this exception, please contact BIS's Outreach and Education Division at one of the following locations.

Western Regional Office (949) 660-0144
San Jose, CA Branch (408) 998-8806
Headquarters, Washington, DC (202) 482-4811

For questions regarding reporting license types in AES, please contact the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division, AES Branch at (800) 549-0595, extension 1.

Telephone: (800) 549-0595, select option 1 for AES

FTD Web News

What is required for me to ship charity goods to Haiti?
From GLOBAL REACH: "In order to facilitate the movements of these goods, we offer the following guidance that applies to any goods not requiring a license, such as food, clothing, and medicines." (January 22, 2010)

Foreign Trade has GLOBAL REACH
Foreign Trade has just created and published its official blog, "Global Reach." Visit it to discuss the Foreign Trade Regulations, Export Filing (AES), Trade Data, and other trade related topics. Posts are current and relevant to you as the filer, exporter, data user, or curious blog reader. (January 5, 2010)

FTZ: Guidelines for Submtting Statistical Data (PDF) (1.8 MB)
Guidelines and best practices for fulfilling FTZ's statistical reporting requirements are now available.

- Training videos on topics such as the Foreign Trade Regulations, AESDirect, NAFTA, Taxes/Tariffs, Commodities, etc. now available!

2009 Constant Dollar Data
- The Census Bureau identified a processing error that caused incorrect deflators to be applied to the revised data for 2009. The data have been corrected.

- U.S. Census Bureau will modify the structure of several data products to accommodate changing technology and user demand.

- The export environment has dramatically changed. Come and understand what it takes to remain compliant, aware and out of trouble.

2003 AES Option 4 Moratorium
Option 4 Filing Review Process Suspended

AES Compliance Best Practices:
Best Practices for maintaining AES Compliance are now available.

Related Party Database Application:
Time series RELATED PARTY data for specific commodities and countries.

- Online Order Form
- FTD DropBox
- Merchandise Trade Downloads

NEW Schedule B Search Engine:
It's new. It's flexible. It has more options.

- Get the basics!
- Learn more!

Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Created: 21 Sep 2010
Last modified: 10 September 2015 at 01:17:13 PM