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AES Software Certification

Understand the process and requirements of developing software to transmit export imformation to the AES.



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1 What is AES Software Certification?
  AES software certification is the process that results in the testing and approval of software used to transmit Electronic Export Information (EEI) to AES. This process is used by USPPIs, authorized agents or service centers who choose to develop their own software rather than purchase it. This process is also used by software developers who plan to sell their AES certified software.

For USPPIs and authorized agents, completion of the AES software certification process satisfies the requirement for filer certification.
2 What methods may I use to transmit or interface with AES?
  o Create your own AES program
o Purchase AES-certified software from a vendor
o Use an AES service center
o Use or any of its enhancements
3 Is this where I register for the free Internet filing system, AESDirect?
  No. If you are attempting to sign up for the U.S. Census Bureau’s free Internet filing system, AESDirect, then you must go to and follow the registration instructions.
4 What different filing options are available in AES?

Predeparture filing and postdeparture filing are the options for filing commodity data in AES.

    • Predeparture filing of items that are NOT on the U.S. Munitions List (non-USML items) or licensable are required to be reported and accepted in AES prior to exportation, based on the filling requirements in the Foreign Trade Regulations:
      • Vessel shipments must be reported 24 hours prior to loading cargo on the vessel atthe port.
      • Air shipments must be reported 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight
      • Truck shipments must br reported 1 hour prior to the arrival of the truck to to the U.S. border
      • Rail shipments must be reported 2 hours prior to the arrival of the train the U.S. border
      • Mail and other types of shipments must be repoeted 2 hours prior to exportation

    • Predeparture filing of U.S. Munitions List (USML) items are subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The time frames are as follows:
      • Vessel and rail shipments are required to be reported 24 hours prior to exportation
      • Air and truck shipments are required to be reported 8 hours prior to exportation
    • Postdeparture filing allows approved USPPIs to report EEI 10 calendar days after the date of export.

    The Vessel Transportation Module allows vessel carriers to transmit transportation information into AES.


How to Apply:

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  • AES Software Certification Application Process

    1. Apply to AES software certification through the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) web page.
    2. Receive support from your U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) client representative and Census client representative who will:
      • Contact you within 3 weeks from the time of application,
      • Discuss your implementation method and
      • Assist you during testing.
    3. Prove that your system is capable of both transmitting data to and receiving data from AES.
    4. Take the long test.
    5. Receive authorization to transmit EEI to AES.

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Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Created: 31 July 2006
Last modified: 12 July 2011 at 04:09:21 PM