[an error occurred while processing this directive] FOREIGN TRADE STATISTICS: Your Key to Trade [Skip all navigation and go directly to page content]
[Go to the FTD MAIN page.]
[FTD Main Navigation] MAIN: About Foreign Trade | Data | A.E.S. | Regulations | Reference | Definitions | Schedule B | FAQs | Feedback | Search
[FTD Subject Navigation] REGULATIONS: Trade Regulations | Seminars | Final rules | Reports | Federal Register Notices | Forms | FTSR Letters
[ADVERT: USATrade Online - Trade data online]

FTR Letters

FTR Letter No. 6 (revised)

MEMORANDUM FOR Notice to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters, Port Directors, Department of Commerce District Offices, U.S. Principal Parties in Interest, Freight Forwarders, Authorized Agents, Exporting Carriers, and All Others Concerned
From: U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Customs Border and Protection
Subject: Notice of Regulatory Change for Split Shipments - Effective Immediately

The U.S. Census Bureau issued the final rule implementing modifications to Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). The rule was published on March 14, 2013 and will become effective on January 8, 2014. We provided the trade 300 days from the date of publication to implement the new requirements.

One of the regulatory changes addressed in the final rule was the revision to the split shipment requirement (FTR Section 30.28). The changed clarified that split shipments apply to all modes of transportation and that all parts of a shipment must leave within 24 hours from the same port. Since the publication of the final rule, the Census Bureau received feedback from the trade that the new 24 hour requirement cannot be implemented by air, air express, rail, or truck carriers without considerable IT and process investments. Therefore, the trade community believes that this requirement would impose an undue burden and add significant cost to their operations. Since receiving this feedback the Census Bureau and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have met with the trade to develop an agreeable resolution for addressing split shipments.

As a result of our collaborative efforts with the trade, the Census Bureau and CBP have revised the split shipments requirement to read as follows:

A shipment covered by a single EEI transmission booked for export on one conveyance, but divided prior to export where the exporting carrier at the port of export will file the manifest indicating that the cargo was sent on two or more of the same conveyances leaving from the same port of export of the same carrier within 24 hours by vessel or 7 days by air, truck, or rail. For the succeeding parts of the shipment that are not exported within time frame specified above, a new EEI must be filed and amendments must be made to the original AES record.

This revision is effective immediately. The Census Bureau and CBP are instructing filers to make every effort to adhere to the change in the split shipment requirements. During the remainder of the 300 day implementation phase, the Census Bureau will conduct outreach activities, and the CBP will use "informed compliance" for filers identified in violation of the revised sections of the FTR.

Please call 1-800-549-0595 with any questions you may have regarding the FTR or the Automated Export System (AES). We encourage you to attend, "The AES Compliance Seminars," or the "AESPcLink Certification Workshops" offered in various cities in the United States. To find out more about theses conferences and workshops visit our website at www.census.gov/trade

FTD Web News

What is required for me to ship charity goods to Haiti?
From GLOBAL REACH: "In order to facilitate the movements of these goods, we offer the following guidance that applies to any goods not requiring a license, such as food, clothing, and medicines." (January 22, 2010)

Foreign Trade has GLOBAL REACH
Foreign Trade has just created and published its official blog, "Global Reach." Visit it to discuss the Foreign Trade Regulations, Export Filing (AES), Trade Data, and other trade related topics. Posts are current and relevant to you as the filer, exporter, data user, or curious blog reader. (January 5, 2010)

FTZ: Guidelines for Submtting Statistical Data (PDF) (1.8 MB)
Guidelines and best practices for fulfilling FTZ's statistical reporting requirements are now available.

- Training videos on topics such as the Foreign Trade Regulations, AESDirect, NAFTA, Taxes/Tariffs, Commodities, etc. now available!

2009 Constant Dollar Data
- The Census Bureau identified a processing error that caused incorrect deflators to be applied to the revised data for 2009. The data have been corrected.

- U.S. Census Bureau will modify the structure of several data products to accommodate changing technology and user demand.

- The export environment has dramatically changed. Come and understand what it takes to remain compliant, aware and out of trouble.

2003 AES Option 4 Moratorium
Option 4 Filing Review Process Suspended

AES Compliance Best Practices:
Best Practices for maintaining AES Compliance are now available.

Related Party Database Application:
Time series RELATED PARTY data for specific commodities and countries.

- Online Order Form
- FTD DropBox
- Merchandise Trade Downloads

NEW Schedule B Search Engine:
It's new. It's flexible. It has more options.

- Get the basics!
- Learn more!

Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Created: 23 April 2009
Last modified: 23 August 2013 at 04:29:26 PM

[an error occurred while processing this directive]