FTR Letters - No. 2
September 26, 2008
FTR Letter No. 2
||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 (USPPI),
Freight Forwarders, Exporting Carriers, Consolidators, U.S. Customs
Brokers, and All Others Concerned
||William G. Bostic, Jr. /s/
Foreign Trade Division (FTD)
||Reuse of the Shipment Reference Number
This letter clarifies the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) requirement
for the shipment reference number reported in the Automated Export System
(AES). Currently, as specified in the FTR, Section 30.6 (19), the shipment
reference number is a unique identification number assigned by the filer
that allows for the identification of the shipment in the filer’s
system. The number must be unique for five years.
Recently, AES filers attempted to reuse the shipment reference numbers.
An analysis of the AES revealed that the system was not configured to
allow the reuse of the shipment reference numbers. A complete redesign
of the system would be required to add this capability.
Therefore, we have determined based on the reasons noted above, that
reuse of the shipment reference number is prohibited. Once the number
has been assign by the filer, the filer cannot assign that same shipment
reference number to future shipments.
Every effort must be made by the USPPI and authorized agents to comply
with this requirement. If you have questions concerning this requirement,
please contact the Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch, FTD on
1-800 549-0595, option 3.
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