Census Seeks Comments on Proposed New Data Elements in AES Reports

On April 11, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau posted a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on proposal to collect additional data elements in the Automated Export System (AES) as well as modifications to current data elements. 

The fields that will be added or modified are conditional data elements required only if that element applies to the specific shipment being exported. In addition, AES filings will be mandatory for shipments of all used self-propelled vehicles and household goods regardless of value or country of destination. 

The additional data elements include name and address of the end user, and ultimate consignee type. The addition of these new fields is expected to help detect and prevent export of items by unauthorized parties or to unauthorized destinations or end users. Entering information for the end user and consignee type will be based on the knowledge the exporter has at the time of export. If that information is not known at the time of export, the filer will not be required to report it.  

Additional data elements will also include license applicant address, license value, and country of origin. The equipment number field will be revised to require the container number for all containerized cargo. For shipments where a license is required (currently, only 6% of records filed require a license), the address of the license applicant will be required to be reported. The license value per commodity classification will be required to be reported in addition to the value that is currently captured in the AES. 

For shipments where the origin of the commodity is foreign (currently, 17% of records filed contain goods of foreign origin), the country of origin will be required to be reported. For shipments where the method of transportation (MOT) is containerized vessel cargo (currently, 19% of records filed are reported as containerized), the container number will be required to be reported in the equipment number field. 

Comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection are due to Office of Management and Budget within 30 days of this notice.