On June 2, 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau issued a final rule to amend its
regulations and implement provisions in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
15 CFR Part 30 of the Federal Register details mandatory Automated Export System
(AES) filing for all shipments requiring Shipper's Export Declaration
(SED). Specifically, the Census Bureau is requiring mandatory filing of
export information through the Automated Export System (AES) or through
AESDirect for all shipments where a Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) is
As a result of the updates, on August 10, 2008, UPS will no longer accept
paper SED's from customers tendering US export shipments. If you have a
shipment that currently requires an SED, this process must be complete prior to
giving the shipment to UPS or any of its vendors.
AES filers have specific filing deadlines by mode of transportation for
reporting export information.
- For exports by air, the filing deadline is two hours prior to carrier
- For exports by vessel, the filing deadline is 24 hours prior to the loading
of the cargo on the vessel at the U.S. port where the cargo is laden.
- For exports by truck, the filing deadline is one hour prior to truck arrival
at border crossing.
Filing can be completed by visiting the AESDirect Web site. The site is
sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau and is free to U.S. exporters. The
process is simple and requires the exporter to establish an AESDirect account.
Once this account is established, you can file SED's electronically and gain
benefits from using this system (i.e., report generation, history files,
The new regulations carry tougher penalties for non-compliance that affect
everyone in the export process. Penalties may be imposed per violation of the
Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) from $1,100.00 to $10,000.00 both civil and
criminal, for the delayed filing, failure to file, false filing of export
information, and/or using the AES to further illegal activity.
To obtain information and to file your SED's, visit the AESDirect Web site,