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|March 12, 1996
To: U.S. Customs Service Headquarters, Customs Management Centers, Port Directors,Department of CommerceDistrict Offices,Freight Forwarders, Exporters, Exporting Carriers, Consolidators, and Other concerned
From: Bureau of the Census (Census) and the U.S. Customs Service (Customs)
Subject: Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) Requirements
The Census and Customs are concerned that an increasing number of SEDs are deficient -- as many as one out of every two paper SEDs contains errors of omission or commission. Also, concerns are now being raised about the accuracy of outbound vessel manifests. Customs, with Census' participation, has compared a sample of outbound vessel manifests and SEDs with actual cargo loaded. Preliminary results indicate that vessel manifests also are inaccurate. In many instances, cargo is not being manifested on the vessel actually carrying the merchandise, but rather included on the manifest of a vessel departing later when the SEDs are available.
This practice hinders Customs in its efforts to detect violations of export laws. Also, this practice results in inaccurate trade statistics. Since these statistics are utilized in sensitive trade negotiations and important economic policy decisions, accuracy is critical.
The principal cause of this problem is the failure of exporters and forwarders to provide complete and accurate SEDs to exporting carriers at the time of exportation. In the past, Customs has generally limited its enforcement actions of fining the carriers up to $1,000 for filing SEDs late. However, Customs can detain shipments when the requirements as described in the attachment are not met (22 U.S.C. 401). If voluntary compliance with requirements is not improved, it may become necessary to delay or detain export shipments when SEDs have not been properly completed or presented in a timely manner. In order to avoid difficulties, please read the attachment which spells out the responsibilities of the various parties to the export transactions. Every effort should be made by exporters, freight forwarders, and carriers to comply with these requirements.
15 CFR 30.16
15 CFR 30.11 & 787.13
EXPORTING CARRIER REQUIREMENTS
15 CFR 30.12 & 30.50
19 CFR Part 4.75 (a) &
Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign
Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Location: MAIN: REGULATIONS:FTSR LETTERS
Created: 30 July 2002
Last modified: 12 July 2011 at 04:15:12 PM