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About Foreign Trade |
Schedule B |
REGULATIONS: Trade Regulations | Seminars | Final rules | Reports | Federal Register Notices | Forms | FTSR Letters
Submitting a Voluntary Self-Disclosure to the U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division
The Census Bureau strongly encourages companies, without prompting from Federal agencies, to voluntarily and promptly disclose, and expeditiously correct all violations or potential violations of Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). The Census Bureau recommends that Voluntary Self-Disclosures (VSD) be made for violations or potential violations going back at least five years. A VSD reflects due diligence by a USPPI or authorized agent in detecting, and correcting potential violations when required information was not reported or when incorrect information was provided that violates the regulations. The VSD must be identified and submitted before the Census Bureau or another export enforcement Federal government agency identifies the problem.
Voluntary Self-Disclosures are made for potential violations of electronic export information submission and/or inadvertent recurring non-compliance errors of the regulations. Potential violations or non-compliant practices that are recurring over an extended period of time also should be submitted via a self-disclosure. For example, over a six-month period during 2008, electronic export information is not filed for numerous shipments (i.e., 10, 25, 50, 100, etc.) will constitute the need to file a voluntary self-disclosure as soon as the failure to file is discovered. Another example, is the consistent use of the wrong Employer Identification Number (EIN) for numerous shipments and/or over an extended period of time (i.e., 2, 3, 6, 9, months, etc.). If the shipment is licensed goods and a potential violation or non-compliant practiced occurs, a self-disclosure may be made regardless of the number of transactions or the time frame involved. Whether or not the non-compliant practice or violation is systematic (recurring), the volume of shipments involved, licensed goods, non-responsiveness to fatal errors, and late filing timeframes should be taken into consideration when determining whether or not to make a disclosure. Please refer to Section 30.74 of the FTR for regulatory requirements on voluntary self-disclosures.
Procedures for submitting a Voluntary Self-Disclosure to the Census Bureau are as follows:
Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign
Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Location: MAIN: REGULATIONS:TRADE REGULATIONS
Created: 30 May 2008
Last modified: 13 July 2011 at 08:23:32 AM