Census Provides Additional 180 Days for Exporters to Comply with New FTR Requirements

On April 3, 2014, U.S. Census Bureau (Census) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a memorandum to the trade community permitting additional 180 days to comply with the new Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) requirements that become effective April 5, 2014. The FTR amendments concern all Electronic Export Information (EEI) filings made via the Automated Export System (AES), whether filed directly by the U.S. exporter or his agent, such as freight forwarder. 

The memorandum states: "During this 180-day period, the Census Bureau and CBP will use "informed compliance" to educate the trade on the new requirements.  During this time, no penalties will be issued for failure to comply with any new requirements found in the March 14, 2013 rule.  Penalties may be issued for violations of regulations that remain unchanged from the FTR published on June 2, 2008.  The period of informed compliance will take place from the revised FTR effective date of April 5, 2014 through October 2, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the new regulations or the Automated Export System (AES), please contact the Foreign Trade Division on 1-800-549-0595.  Select option 1 to reach the AES Branch for technical issues, or option 3 to reach the Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch for regulatory concerns.  The regulations can be found on our website at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/regulations/index.html."