|August 18, 1994
FTSR Letter No. 164
To: U.S. Customs Service Headquarters, U.S. Customs District Offices,
Department of Commerce District Offices, Freight Forwarders, Exporters,
Exporting Carriers, and Other concerned.
From: Bureau of the Census
Subject: Valuation of Technical Data (Software)
This letter is directed to companies involved in the export of software
written or recorded on media devices such as diskettes, tape and compact
discs (CD-ROM). It is intended to clarify the Foreign Trade Statistics
Regulations, Section 30.1-General statement of requirement for Shipper's
Export Declarations (SEDs) and 30.7-Information required on SEDs regarding
the valuation of exported commodities.
The term software is intended to cover both "general use" and
"customized" software. The term "general use" covers
software products for general sales that are publicly available to any
user over the counter, by mail order or by telephone. These products are
designed for installation by the user and require minimal support from
the vender. "General Use" software is to be treated as a commodity
and the value reported on the SED should represent the full selling price
of the software.
We are maintaining the SED requirements for customized technical data
(software that does not conform to the general use definition outlined
above) based on the value of the media, the destination, and/or requirements
of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR-15 CFR, Part 768-799) and
the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR-22 CFR, Parts 121-130.)
C. HARVEY MONK, JR.
Chief, Foreign Trade Division
Bureau of the Census
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