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USPPI Address: Getting It Right in the Automated Export System

Tue Mar 17 2020
Written by Kristi Sellers, Trade Regulations Branch, Economic Management Division
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Are you having trouble figuring out how to report the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) address in the Automated Export System? Here are some tips that may help!

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What address should you report?

The Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) requires you to report the USPPI address as the “address or location (no post office box number) from which the goods actually begin the journey to the port of export even if the USPPI does not own/lease the facility.”

Why is the location where the goods begin their journey so important?

Identifying and reporting the location where the goods begin their journey to the port of export is necessary for statistical purposes. The U.S. Census Bureau uses that information to publish export statistics at the state level.

Is it OK to list the address of a holding facility you do not own?

Yes, as noted in the FTR regulation cited above. The Census Bureau needs that address – no matter the owner – to capture accurate information for the publication of state data.

What is the USPPI address for shipments with multiple origins?

It is the one from which the commodity with the greatest value begins its export trip.

What is the USPPI address if the value from multiple origins is the same or unknown?

It is the location where you consolidate the items for export.

Do these resolve any issues you had reporting the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) address in the Automated Export System ? Here are a couple of potential scenarios just to make sure.

Scenario 1: What should you report as the USPPI address if you load products on a truck at a warehouse in Georgia and transport them to Florida to be shipped abroad?

Answer: The warehouse in Georgia, where their journey began.

Scenario 2:  What should you report as the USPPI address if you purchase $3,000 worth of oranges from Florida and another $10,000 worth of oranges from California and export them all to a buyer in Norway?

Answer: The address in California, origin of the more valuable haul.

For more information, please contact the Trade Regulations Branch at 1(800)-549-0595, option #3, or email us at EMD.AskRegs@census.gov.

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