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Tips on Maintaining a High Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Rate

Wed May 27 2015
Cesar Anchiraico
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Have you wondered what it takes for your company to maintain a high AES compliance rate? The following tips can help.

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1. Maintain contact with your AES client representative

If your company has unresolved fatal errors and has been assigned a Data Collection Branch AES Fatal Error Team client representative to monitor your company’s fata errors, it is important to keep open communication with them to help you maintain a high AES Compliance Rate. If you are a company assigned a client representative, you should receive an email indicating any updates regarding unresolved fatal errors. Best practice shows that by working with your Data Collection Branch AES representative to resolve and/or suppress any unresolved fatal errors in a timely manner, your company will be better enabled to maintain a high AES compliance rate.

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2. Check the shipment date

Ensure that predeparture shipments are filed before the reported departure date according to the FTR 30.4(b). This will prevent “shipment filed late” compliance alerts from negatively affecting your company’s compliance rate. Specifically, if your company has a high number of compliance alerts this will have an impact on your compliance rate. Always verify that the departure date you report is correct.

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3. Check your contact information

Make sure that the Data Collection Branch has the most current AES administrator contact information for your company. AESDirect filers can update their contact information by logging into their account and non-AESDirect filers must contact the Data Collection Branch to request that their information be updated in the internal AES participants database.

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If you are an AESDirect filer, you can update your contact email address by performing the following steps:

  1. Log in to the account administrator’s AESDirect account at
  2. Locate the Account Maintenance section. Click on the Update Account Profile link. (Only available under account administrator’s account)

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3. Review the information currently on your profile. If changes are required, click on Update Account Profile. Click Continue.

4. Enter your current information. Click Continue.

5. Enter the new email address again in the “Confirm E-mail” field under the Administrator’s section. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the form and complete all fields. Click Continue.

6. The following message will display:

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If you encounter problems updating your AESDirect account profile information, contact the AESDirect Technical Help Desk at (877) 715-4433 or by e-mail at

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If you are not an AESDirect filer,  please perform the following steps:

  1. Contact the Data Collection Branch on 1-800-549-0595, Menu Option 1 and provide your Filer ID to one of our AES client representatives so they may update your profile information.
  2. Once the current contact information is updated, the new contact will start receiving the monthly AES Compliance and Fatal Error Reports. Please monitor your inbox closely to ensure that you receive the reports in the future. This will prevent your company from having any undeliverable or unattended AES Compliance and Fatal Error Reports.

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For more information

For additional best practices, check out the AES Best Practices PDF manual [PDF]

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If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the ITMD call center at 1-800-549-0595  and choose menu option 1 for the Data Collection Branch.

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