|FTSR Letter No. 171
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: Bureau of the Census
Subject: Requirements of Exporters to File a Shipper's Export Declaration
(SED) for Merchandise Shipped to the Panama Canal Formerly Know as the
Panama Canal Commission
On December 31, 1999, the operations of the Panama Canal transferred from
the Panama Canal Commission, a U.S. Government agency, to the Republic
of Panama. As a result, exporters are now required to file an SED under
the provisions of the Foreign Trade Statistics Regulations,Part 30, Section
30.1. This section states that an SED is required for shipments from the
United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to foreign countries
or areas, including Foreign Trade Zones located therein.
The requirement to complete an SED applies whenever the ultimate destination
for a shipment is listed as the Panama Canal. It is now considered a shipment
to the Republic of Panama. The International Standard Country Code (ISO)
is PA. The Schedule C - Classification of Countryand Territory Designations
for U.S. Foreign Trade Statistics is 2250.
Shipments destined for Panama/Panama Canal for the exclusive use of U.S.
Government agencies and employees classified under Section 30.53 (a) -
(d) do not require an SED. Also,shipments for the exclusive use of the
U.S. armed services are exempt.
Every effort should be made by exporters, forwarding agents and carriers
to comply with these requirements. If you have questions concerning these
requirements, please contact theRegulations, Outreach, and Education Branch,
Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau on301-457-2238.
C. HARVEY MONK, JR.
Chief, Foreign Trade Division
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