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February 10, 2000
FTSR Letter No. 168 (Amendment 1)
To: U.S. Customs Service Headquarters, Customs Management Centers, Port Directors,Department of Commerce District Offices, Freight Forwarders, Exporters, Exporting Carriers, Consolidators, and All Others Concerned
From: U.S. Census Bureau (Census Bureau) and U.S. Customs Service (Customs)
Subject: Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) Exemption Statements to be Reported on the Bill of Lading, Air Waybill, Other Loading Documents for Carrier Use, or the Carrier Outbound Manifest
This amendment revises FTSR Letter 168, dated August 9, 1999 as specified
on page 2 of the attachment. Whenever an exemption from the requirement
for filing a SED is provided in the Foreign Trade Statistics Regulations
(FTSR), 15 CFR Part 30, a notation, or exemption statement, describing
the basis for the exemption shall be made on the first page of the bill
of lading, air waybill, other loading document for carrier use, or the
carrier outbound manifest. The exemption citation must reference the number
of the section or provision in the FTSR where the particular exemption
is provided so that the carrier at the time
With the implementation of the Automated Export System (AES) a new series
of exemption statements is being initiated and space requirements may
result in reporting problems for filers. In order to accommodate this
situation, the Census Bureau is providing alternative exemption statements
that filers may use when reporting an exemption from the SED filing requirement.
The exemption statements listedon the attachment have been approved by
the Census Bureau and Customs officials for use on the above-referenced
documents when the SED is not required. In all cases the preferred method
is to spell out the complete exemption statement on the manifest or appropriate
loading document as to why the SED is not required with the appropriate
FTSR (15 CFR Part 30) regulatory citation. Example: NO SED REQUIRED FTSR
30.55h (for value under $2,500). However, if that is not possible because
of space concerns, the attached exemption statement alternatives are acceptable.
The standard exemption provisions from filing the SED are found in 15
CFR Part 30, Subpart D, Sections 30.50 through 30.58 or
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in shipment delays or penalties. If you have any questions concerning these requirements, please contact the Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau on 301-457-2238, or the Director of Outbound Programs, U.S. Customs Service on 202-927-6060.
(signed: C. Harvey Monk, Jr.) (signed: Peter J. Baish)
1. The AERP exemption statement (Item II) is deleted. With the expiration of the Automated Export Reporting Program (AERP) on December 31, 1999, AERP exemption statements or references to FTSR 30.39 are no longer valid and must not be reported on the manifest.
2. For the Standard AES (Option 2 and 3) exemption statement footnote
2 is revised to refer to "Filer ID" in place of "EIN,"
and the DUNS number can be reported if it is the same as the filer's ID
number reported on the AES record. This is being done to emphasize that
the ID of the filer (i.e. the exporter or their agent) must be reported
on the AES record. Also, per FTSR 30.63(a)(1)(ii), if a DUNS number is
reported on the AES record it can be reported on the exemption statement.
3. Footnote number 5 for AES-PASS is revised to state that the AES-PASS exemption statement will no longer be valid after March 30, 2000, and must not be reported on the manifest after that date.
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