The U.S. Census Bureau has finalized and published 138 changes and corrections to a proposed rule regarding its foreign trade data reporting requirements and Electronic Export Information, effective Jan. 8, 2014.
The reporting will occur through the government's Automated Export System (AES).
A few of the changes are still subject to review by the White House's Office of Management and Budget. The Census Bureau will publish a new notice in the Federal Register
when OMB approval is received.
Under this published final rule, a proposed regulation to
require a U.S. exporter to report end user information has been removed.
The mandatory filing requirement for the ultimate consignee, which was
to have been chosen from among “reseller, government reseller or
government consumer,” will now have “unknown” among the options.
Additional changes include a clarification that post-departure reporting
must occur five days after export instead of 10. The original
household filing requirements stand as is, reversing the Census Bureau’s
proposed change. Country of origin reporting for exporters has been
struck; seal number reporting and the reporting of the
transportation reference number on air shipments has been made optional;
and finally, exporters will not have to report the address of
the license applicant.
The complete Federal Register notice
, "Foreign Trade Regulations: Mandatory Automated Export System Filing for All Shipments Requiring Shipper's Export Declaration Information," may be viewed on their website.
The agency's January 2011 notice of proposed rule making sought to modify the reporting of electronic export information in the foreign trade regulations. This EEI is the paperless shippers’ export declaration. According to the filing, "Federal government agencies use the EEI for export control purposes to detect and prevent the export of certain items by unauthorized parties or to unauthorized destinations or end users."
The proposed changes to the EEI modified the post-departure reporting for the Foreign Trade Regulations; made a change that all household goods valued need to be reported, no matter the destination or country; 72-hour advanced reporting for self-propelled vehicles. The Census Bureau also added new required data points that help identify the consignee type, seal number, shipper and value of the goods exported.
The agency received 53 comments about the new rules. Some respondents were concerned that the country-of-origin reporting requirement would necessitate costly additions to reporting software, while others commented that some data, like the seal number, wouldn't be available during filing. A number of other respondents requested clarification about certain rule changes. - Jon Ross