FTR Letters - No. 1
September 4, 2008
FTR Letter No. 1
||U.S. Customs Service Headquarters, Directors of Field Operations,
Port Directors, Foreign Trade Zone Operators, U.S. Department of
Commerce District Offices, U.S. Principal Parties in Interest, Freight
Forwarders, Exporting Carriers, Consolidators, U.S. Customs Brokers,
and All Others Concerned
||William G. Bostic, Jr. /s/
Foreign Trade Division (FTD)
||Filing Time Frames Exemption for Puerto Rico
This letter clarifies the Foreign Trade Regulations’ (FTR) requirement
for advanced filing of Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the
Automated Export System (AES), for shipments between the United States
and Puerto Rico. As specified in the FTR, Section
30.4 (b)(2), the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) or the authorized
agent shall file the
EEI, when required, no later than the time period specified by mode of
The new filing deadlines were based upon U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s
(CBP) filing timeframes established pursuant to the Trade Act of 2002. In
reviewing this issue with CBP, we have determined that the Trade Act
deadlines do not apply to shipments within the U.S. Customs Territory,
which includes Puerto Rico. Therefore, Puerto Rico is exempt from
the filing time frames in the FTR. The proof of filing citation,
post departure filing citation, or exemption citation must be presented
to the carrier prior to the departure of goods for shipments from the
United States to Puerto Rico and from Puerto Rico to the United States.
This exemption from the required filing of advanced cargo information
applies only to the shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico. Shipments
from the United States or Puerto Rico to the U.S. Virgin Islands or a
foreign country are not exempt and must follow the required filing time
frames as specified in Section 30.4(b)(2). The U.S. Virgin Islands
is not a part of the U.S. Customs Territory.
Every effort must be made by the USPPI and authorized agents to comply
with these requirements. If you have questions concerning these
requirements, please contact the U.S.
Census Bureau, Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch, FTD, at 1-800-549-0595,
option 3 or by email using firstname.lastname@example.org.
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