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Best Practices for Filing through the Automated Export System

Catherine J. Petersen | January 23, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

The U.S. Census Bureau offers free or low-cost instruction to everyone involved in international trade. They provide newsletters, suggestions and recommendations on Automated Export System (AES) best practices. They have worked diligently to develop regulations that we can read and readily understand.

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A Summary of Government Agencies That Regulate U.S. Exports

David Noah | January 18, 2017 | Export Regulations, Export Basics

It may seem easy to become an exporter—particularly since the internet knows no borders—but the scope of things exporters need to be aware of is very broad. To give you an idea, here’s a list of different government agencies that have published regulations that control U.S. exports. 

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A Closer Look at Electronic Export Information (EEI)

Lisa Nemer | January 17, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Shipping Solutions News & Tips

As part of my continuing series on the Shipping Solutions data-entry screens, today we look in depth at the EEI-Electronic Export Information (AES) screen, which is located on the EZ Start tab of Shipping Solutions export documentation and compliance software. By entering data into the EZ Start screens, exporters can quickly and accurately complete more than two dozen standard export forms.

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Taking Control of Your Export Compliance Responsibilities

Tracy A. Smith | January 17, 2017 | Export Compliance

Freight forwarders play an important role in managing the movement of freight worldwide. One may think that a freight forwarder that does everything for an importer and/or exporter is providing you with really great service.

In reality, however, the freight forwarder that does everything is really doing you a disservice and, in some cases, may be opening you up to increased compliance risks and exposure to fines and penalties. Strongly reconsider your choice of a forwarder or customs broker if they do not regularly involve you in the imports and/or exports they handle on your behalf.

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Discover AESDirect Reports on ACE

Lisa Nemer | January 11, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Shipping Solutions News & Tips

It has been several months now that exporters have used the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) to file their Electronic Export Information (EEI) with the U.S. Census Bureau's AESDirect system. But, did you know there is more you can do with ACE than just file your EEI?

From the ACE Portal it is possible to run reports of the EEI that has been submitted by your company or submitted by someone else on your company’s behalf.  These reports provide easier access to your export data than the previous method, which was to submit a request to Census. The reports can be created any time at no charge. Data for the last five years plus the current year is available.

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Who Is Responsible for Filing the Electronic Export Information (EEI)?

Arnesh Roy | January 10, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES)

As an exporter, you will no doubt become familiar with the Automated Export System (AES) if you aren’t already. This is the system that the United States uses to collect data on exports out of the country as outlined in the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).

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Using Documentary Collections for Your Import and Export Transactions

Roy Becker | January 9, 2017 | Export Finance

A customer of a bank in Minnesota, for which I worked, imported shirts from a supplier in Greece. The buyer and seller agreed to payment terms of 60 days after acceptance of the draft, easily calculated once the buyer accepts the draft. On the maturity date, the treasurer at the company that bought the shirts informed us he would not make the payment.

After we informed the bank in Greece that we could not collect the payment, the bank in Greece requested us to perform a rarely used technique. They asked us to protest non-payment of the draft – a formality sometimes used to provide material evidence, if needed, in a legal proceeding, or sometimes nothing more than a bluffing technique.

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Incoterms FOB: Spotlight on Free On Board

David Noah | January 4, 2017 | Export Basics, Incoterms

Incoterms are the official International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rules for the explanation of trade terms. Incoterms 2010 are adhered to by all major trading nations of the world, and it is the authoritative text for determining how costs and risks are allocated to the parties conducting international transactions. Incoterms facilitate the conduct of international business by defining the responsibilities of the involved participants.

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Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year

Lisa Nemer | December 20, 2016 | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Today is my last blog post of 2016, and it is also my 100th post on the International Trade Blog!

My articles focus on topics I think will be of interest to users of the Shipping Solutions export documentation and compliance software. Most of the other articles on this blog focus on broader issues of exporting and export compliance.

In keeping with year-end traditions, I am publishing the 10 most-viewed blog posts from our International Trade Blog. Because the general interest posts have a much larger subscriber list than my Wednesday Shipping Solutions user list, none of my posts from 2016 are in the top 10 list. However, after the list of most viewed, I've listed my favorite Shipping Solutions blog posts from 2016.

See you in 2017!

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Why Is the Census Bureau Monitoring Your Exports?

David Noah | December 19, 2016 | Automated Export System (AES)

What does the Census Bureau have to do with international trade? More than you may think.

The government agency charged with counting the U.S. population every 10 years also has its eyes on your exports for two main reasons:

  1. To collect trade statistics, and
  2. Ensure compliance with U.S. export regulations.

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