FTR Letter No. 4
April 23, 2009
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.
Trade Division (FTD)
Filing Time-Frames Exemption for Puerto
This letter further clarifies the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) Letter
No. 1 issued
September 4, 2008, requirement for advance filing of Electronic Export Information
(EEI) through the Automated Export System 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 the mode of transportation.
In reviewing this issue with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
we have determined that the Trade Act deadlines do not apply to shipments
within the U.S. Customs Territory, which include Puerto Rico. Therefore,
Puerto Rico is exempt from the filing time frames in the FTR. After further
consultation with the trade community servicing Puerto Rico, the proof
of filing citation, postdeparture filing citation, or exemption citation
must be presented to the carrier by the time the shipment arrives at
the port of unloading for shipments between the United Sates and Puerto
This exemption from the required filing of advanced cargo information
applies only to 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, Foreign Trade Division, on 800-549-0595, option
3, or by email using email@example.com.
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