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5 Reasons You Need a Shipper’s Letter of Instruction for Your Exports

Catherine J. Petersen | May 21, 2018 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Forms

When it comes to preparing export paperwork, the Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI) is one document that many exporters are inexplicably reluctant to prepare. They shouldn’t be.

By completing an SLI and sending it to the freight forwarder, you are establishing a best practice for your firm. You have a written record of who received the shipping documents, who to contact for questions, who to contact for proof of export, and who issued the export control documentation that supports the decision to send your products to your foreign customer.

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What the Heck Is a Routed Export Transaction?

David Noah | May 16, 2018 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

A routed export transaction occurs when the foreign buyer of the goods contracts with a freight forwarder or other agent to export the merchandise from the United States.

This is in contrast to a standard export transaction in which the seller of the goods arranges the transport of the merchandise out of the country.

Why is this important? Because it impacts who is required to file the electronic export information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) when required by the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).

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AES Filing Software by Shipping Solutions (Plus 20 Key Terms)

David Noah | April 11, 2018 | Automated Export System (AES)

Sometimes, I don’t mind spending a little extra money when I know what I’m paying for will actually save (or make!) me money in the long run.

I do it when I invest, and I do it when I pay for high-quality goods instead of what’s cheapest. Why? Because I know I’ll get a good rate of return on my investment.

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It's Easy to File through the Automated Export System with Shipping Solutions Export Software

David Noah | March 28, 2018 | Automated Export System (AES)

Filing through the Automated Export System (AES) can be a tedious experience. That's no secret.

While you can enter your electronic export information (EEI) directly on the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) under AESDirect, you must reenter much of the same information that you've already entered on your various export forms.

It's a slow and time-consuming process. And you still have the challenge of making sure you've got everything entered correctly.

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Exporting Cars: What You Need to Know

Arnesh Roy | December 5, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

You just bought a car from a U.S. dealership and want to sell it to a foreign buyer in Canada. You’re vaguely aware of a rule stating that exporting used vehicles out of the U.S. requires specific documentation. But this is just something you’re putting up on Craig’s List. And you just bought the car, so of course it’s not used—right?

This is where things get tricky. When it comes to U.S. export regulations, what is considered a used vehicle is broader than you might expect.

According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a used vehicle is defined as “any self-propelled vehicle the equitable or legal title to which has been transferred by a manufacturer, distributor, or dealer to an ultimate purchaser.”

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

Arnesh Roy | August 14, 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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Standard vs. Routed Export Shipment: What's the Difference?

David Noah | July 26, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

I recently got a call from someone trying to gain a better understanding of the differences between standard and routed export shipments (also called routed export transactions) and how responsibilities change when dealing with routed export shipments. 

Then, I got another call, and then an email or two, and so on—so perhaps you have these questions as well. If you’re curious about the differences, this explanation is for you.

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The Language of AES

Lisa Nemer | May 3, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Sometimes it seems hard to comply with the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) because the language used to describe the rules is confusing. For example, do you know the definitions of filing citations, exemption legends and exclusion legends? The terms are similar, bulky and don’t really do a good job of describing what they mean, but one of them must be clearly stated on your commercial loading document so that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not detain your goods at the port and/or issue a penalty.

Of course, to begin to understand filing citations, exemption legends, and exclusion legends you must first be aware of AES, EEI and ITNs. So, let’s break it down.

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Exporters Must Stop Using the SED

David Noah | April 12, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

Old habits are hard to break. That's because we do them without really thinking about them even when the habit in question is counterproductive. Sometimes we just need someone to point them out to us to get us to stop.

So, let me do you a favor. If you're still filling out a Shipper's Export Declaration (SED)—and I regularly talk to exporters who are—please stop immediately.

Using this outdated form is a bad habit!

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AESDirect Tips Direct from Census

Lisa Nemer | February 1, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Shipping Solutions News & Tips

The U.S. Census Bureau sends out a lot of emails! But if you are an exporter who needs to file Electronic Export Information (EEI) with AESDirect, you may want to join the distribution list because the emails are full of tips and tricks about filing through AESDirect as well as letting you know when AESDirect is down.

In case you aren't yet a subscriber, here are some interesting things I've learned from reading their emails.

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