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The U.S. Census Bureau provides valuable resources and training on understanding the Foreign Trade Regulations, classifying your commodities, filing export information, and utilizing international trade data. Learn more about these topics through our webinars, tutorials, training videos, seminars, conferences and other useful tools to help you build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of exporting.


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U.S. Census Bureau’s International Trade Management Division

This webinar series provides training and updates on features within the Automated Commercial
Environment (ACE). Download the series flyer

All webinars are FREE and start at 2pm EST

Trade Regulations Branch (TRB)
Regulatory Updates: Town Hall Series Webinar   Regulatory Updates: Town Hall Series Q&A Teleconference
Host: Christine Burton - U.S. Census Bureau   Host: Kiesha Downs - U.S. Census Bureau
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017   Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Description: Come learn about the changes in the Final Rule titled: “Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR): Clarification on Filing Requirements” that was published on April 19, 2017. The Census Bureau made changes related to the implementation of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), in accordance with Executive Order 13659, Streamlining the Export/Import Process for American Businesses.   Description: This dial-in only teleconference will address residual questions from the Regulatory Updates: Town Hall Series webinar conducted on May 16, 2017.
This webinar will discuss the highlighted changes made in the Final Rule, which include the:

  • Addition of the new Original Internal Transaction Number field,
  • Changes to the ACE Certification process,
  • Updates to the responsibilities of the U.S. authorized agent in a routed export transaction,
  • Changes to definitions, and
  • Updates to the split shipment section.
  Required Prerequisite: Regulatory Updates: Town Hall Series Webinar.

Dial-in Information:
Passcode: 7 6 0 2 8 8 4
Access Regulatory Updates Recording 5-16
Access Regulatory Updates Transcript 5-16

Data Collection Branch (DCB)
ACE AESDirect Demonstration   ACE AESDirect Demonstration Q&A Teleconference
Host: Jose Colon (U.S. Census Bureau)   Host: Jose Colon (U.S. Census Bureau)
Date: December 8, 2016   Date: December 12, 2016
Topics Include:
  • Creating and Submitting Electronic Export Information (EEI)
  • Using Shipment Templates and Party Profiles
  • Utilizing the New Shipment Manager Features
  Description: This teleconference will address residual questions from the ACE AESDirect Demonstration webinar conducted on December 8, 2016.
Access ACE AESDirect Recording 12-8   Access ACE AESDirect Recording 12-12
Access ACE AESDirect Transcript 12-8  

Trade Outreach Branch (TOB)
ACE Export Reports
Hosts: Mayumi Brewster (U.S. Census Bureau)
Date: July 12, 2017
Topics Include:
  • Overview of ACE Export Reports
  • Demonstration of:
    • Accessing Standard Reports
    • Running Standard Reports
    • Customizing Reports
    • Scheduling Reports
  • Additional Reports Resources
Access Export Reports Recording (07-12-2017)
ACE Export Reports Presentation Slides (07-12-2017)
ACE Export Reports Transcript (07-12-2017)

Filing In The New AESDirect In ACE

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Watch the video on how to file in the Refactored AESDirect in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

Watch the video for the Spanish version here.

Automated Commercial Environment/Automated Export System Export Reports Webinar

  • Date: September 17, 2015

    Presenters: U.S. Census Bureau & U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    This webinar will provide the trade community with information on how to apply for a new Exporter account and run trade export reports. In addition, updates on the AESDirect portal development and the timeline for moving AESDirect into ACE.

  • Access ACE/AES Export Reports webinar
  • Presentation Slides


The Basics of Export Compliance Summer Webinar Series
This series of webinars provides you with the resources necessary to remain compliant with export laws and regulations. Download the series flyer.

All webinars are FREE and start at 2pm E.S.T.
Log-in details available 24 hours before event

Understanding the Foreign Trade Regulations   Classifying your Product
U.S. Census Bureau
June 10, 2014
  U.S. Census Bureau
June 24, 2014
Learn the rules and responsibilities for all parties involved in an export transaction. Before you export physical goods from the US you must be aware of your role and the reporting requirements.   Need help classifying your product for exportation? Learn how to use our intuitive Schedule B Search, and gain an understanding of the classification rules.
Access June 10th Webinar   Access June 24th Webinar

Learn more about the Export Administration Regulations   Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations
Bureau of Industry and Security
July 8, 2014
  State Department
July 22, 2014
Gain an understanding of the Export Administration Regulations, Export Control Classification Numbers, and how to file Commerce-controlled exports in the Automated Export System. Learn about the Commerce Control List, Export Control Reform, and the new "600 series," as well as existing compliance activities.   Find out about the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the US Munitions List. Understand how to be compliant when exporting military and munition items
Access July 8th Webinar   Access July 22nd Webinar

Sanctions and Embargoes: What it means to you?   Utilizing the Features in the AES
Office of Foreign Assets Control
August 5, 2014
  U.S. Census Bureau
August 26, 2014
Learn about sanctions and embargoes on foreign countries and entities. Learn best practices to screen denied persons and blocked countries.   Easily manage your export reporting through AESDirect shipment manager. Learn how to utilize the features in AESDirect to view and track shipments, which can assist you with internal audits.
Access August 5th Webinar   Access August 26th Webinar

Virtual Town Hall
Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) Webinars

Come learn about what has changed in the Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) and how that change will affect you. This webinar series was created by the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau and will provide information on the revised FTR. Best of all, the webinars are FREE.

The webinars will focus on the following topics:
  1. Changes in reporting requirements
    (i.e., used self propelled vehicles, temporary exports, and split shipments)
  2. New fields added to the Automated Export System
    (e.g., License Value and Ultimate Consignee Type)
  3. Changes in definitions
    (i.e., port of export and household goods)

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Foreign Trade Division | ftdwebmaster@census.gov |  Last Revised: January 31, 2020