The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) proposes amending the Foreign Trade Statistics Regulations (FTSR) to add provisions for filing shipper's export data electronically using the Automated Export System (AES). The AES is an export information gathering and processing system developed through cooperative efforts between the U.S. Customs Service (Customs), the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and the export community. The AES is a completely voluntary system that provides an alternative to filing the paper Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) and will greatly streamline and improve the exporting process. Export information is collected electronically and edited immediately, and errors are detected and corrected at the time of filing. AES is a nationwide system operational at all ports and for all methods of transportation. Customs is also revising appropriate sections of its Customs Regulations in a document published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The Customs regulations will conform to the electronic filing provisions and requirements contained in this proposed rule.
Agency Contact: C. Harvey Monk, Jr., Chief, Foreign Trade Division, Bureau of the Census, Room 2104, Federal Building 3, Washington, D.C. 20233-6700, by telephone on (301) 457-2255, by fax on (301) 457-2645, or by E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on April 13, 1999.