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Trade Document Reference Library

If you are looking for documents, reports or notices on the AES, you can find them here.


Letter of Intent:
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The Letter of Intent (LOI) is a written application to participate in the AES.

  • If you plan to use the free Internet export reporting system,, or one of its products, you do not need to complete an LOI. Instead you just need to register an AESDirect filing account.[external link]

  • If you do not plan to use or one of its products, you must complete an LOI. [external link]


Parameter Change Request :
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For filers that frequently receive AES Verify messages, you may submit a Parameter Change Request to In order to submit your request, your company must use the Parameter Change Request Form.

The Parameter Change Request requires the following information:

  • at least five Internal Transaction Numbers (ITNs) of shipments
    • filed within the same month
    • with the same Schedule B/HTS Number
    • that generated the same verify message

Once your request is received, the Commodity Analysis Branch will investigate your request, make a ruling, and respond directly to the submitting party.  If you have any questions, please email


FAQs/Documentation/Lists :
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AES Newsletters:
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Note: All newsletters are in Adobe Acrobat files (PDF). If you have problems reading any files, upgrade your Acrobat reader free of charge from the Adobe web site. Should you continue to have problems, please let us know.

2015 Trade Source

2014 Trade Source

2013 AES Newsletters

2013 Trade Source

2012 AES Newsletters

2012 Trade Source

2011 AES Newsletters

2011 Trade Source

2010 Trade Source

2010 AES Newsletters

2009 AES Newsletters

FTD Web News

What is required for me to ship charity goods to Haiti?
From GLOBAL REACH: "In order to facilitate the movements of these goods, we offer the following guidance that applies to any goods not requiring a license, such as food, clothing, and medicines." (January 22, 2010)

Foreign Trade has GLOBAL REACH
Foreign Trade has just created and published its official blog, "Global Reach." Visit it to discuss the Foreign Trade Regulations, Export Filing (AES), Trade Data, and other trade related topics. Posts are current and relevant to you as the filer, exporter, data user, or curious blog reader. (January 5, 2010)

FTZ: Guidelines for Submtting Statistical Data (PDF) (1.8 MB)
Guidelines and best practices for fulfilling FTZ's statistical reporting requirements are now available.

- Training videos on topics such as the Foreign Trade Regulations, AESDirect, NAFTA, Taxes/Tariffs, Commodities, etc. now available!

2009 Constant Dollar Data
- The Census Bureau identified a processing error that caused incorrect deflators to be applied to the revised data for 2009. The data have been corrected.

- U.S. Census Bureau will modify the structure of several data products to accommodate changing technology and user demand.

- The export environment has dramatically changed. Come and understand what it takes to remain compliant, aware and out of trouble.

2003 AES Option 4 Moratorium
Option 4 Filing Review Process Suspended

AES Compliance Best Practices:
Best Practices for maintaining AES Compliance are now available.

Related Party Database Application:
Time series RELATED PARTY data for specific commodities and countries.

- Online Order Form
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NEW Schedule B Search Engine:
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Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Created: 27 June 2002
Last modified: 25 February 2015 at 04:14:41 PM