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Getting Started - By Audience

Understand your role in getting started in the AES based on your company type.

Choose the category that best describes your role in AES:


U.S. Principal Parties in Interest (USPPIs) have the option of filing Electronic Export Information (EEI) or delegating the SED filing to an authorized agent.

If you are a USPPI and you decide to file your own EEI via the AES, you must do one of the following:

If you are a USPPI and you decide to delegate the EEI filing to an authorized agent, you must:

  • Provide the authorized agent with a properly executed power of attorney or written authorization.

Authorized Agent:

If you are an authorized agent, you may file EEI on behalf of a USPPI or Foreign Principal Party in Interest (FPPI) only under the following conditions:

Service Center:

A service center may transmit EEI to the AES only under the following condition: Service centers may only transmit export information. That is, they may not prepare and file EEI.

Software Developer:

A software developer may develop software that is used to transmit EEI to AES only under the following condition: Resources are available to assist developers:



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