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  • A
    • Authorized Agent
      • An individual or legal entity physically located in or otherwise under the jurisdiction of the United States that has obtained power of attorney or written authorization from a U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) or Foreign Principal Party in Interest (FPPI) to act on its behalf, and for purposes of this part, to complete and file the SED.

  • E
    • Electronic Export Information (EEI)
      • The electronic export data as filed in the AES. This is the electronic equivalent of the export data formerly collected as Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) information and now mandated to be filed through the AES or AESDirect.

  • F
    • Foreign Principal Party in Interest (FPPI)
      • The party shown on the transportation document to whom delivery or end-use of the goods will be made.

  • I
    • International Traffic in Arms Agreement (ITAR)
      • The U.S. Department of State's regulations controlling the permanent and temporary export and temporary import of defense articles and services.

  • L
    • Law
      • The law that governs the general reporting of the Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) is the Foreign Trade Statistics Regulations (FTSR), also known as 15 Code of Federal Regulations(CFR) Part 30. Other Federal Government agencies have a say in the export laws as well and as needed. Those agencies are referenced in the FTSR.
    • Letter of Intent (LOI)
      • The Letter of Intent (LOI) is a written application to participate in AES. It provides basic company profile information and sets forth a commitment to develop, maintain and adhere to U.S. Customs & Border Protection and U.S. Census Bureau performance and operational standards.

  • S
    • Service Center
      • A company, entity, or organization which has been certified and approved to transmit complete SED information to AES.
    • Software Developer
      • A company or individual who endeavors to create software to be used to transmit SEDs to AES.
    • Shipper's Export Declaration information
      • Documentation, required by law in many cases, for merchandise exported from the U.S. and its territories. This documentation may be reported via a paper Shipper's Export Declaration (SED), also known as the U.S. Department of Commerce Form 7525-V, or via an electronic transmission to the Automated Export System. Has been replaced by Electronic Export Information (EEI).

  • U
    • U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI)
      • The person or legal entity in the United States that receives the primary benefit, monetary or otherwise, from the export transaction. Generally, that person or entity is the U.S. seller, manufacturer, or order party, or the foreign entity while in the United States when purchasing or obtaining the goods for export.
    • U.S. Munitions List (USML)
      • Articles, services and related technical data designated as defense articles and defense services. The USML is in Part 121 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. To read the USML go to:



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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.

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Source: FTDWebMaster, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233
Created: 12 Jul 2002
Last modified: 12 July 2011 at 04:09:21 PM