Preparing and submitting an SLI provides your company with 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 information that was used to support the decision to export the goods.
An SLI also typically includes a limited Power of Attorney statement that gives the freight forwarder the authority to sign documents on behalf of the exporter.
The SLI is completed by the exporter in advance and is sent to the freight forwarder with the other export paperwork. It's a cover memo for the rest of the paperwork and a summary of information your forwarders need to know.
If your export shipment requires that you or your agent file your export information electronically through the Automated Export System (AES), the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) has created a specific version of the SLI that includes the additional information required for a freight forwarder to file through AES.
This version of the SLI typically includes an additional statement granting the forwarder this right to file through AES on behalf of the exporter.
Think of the standard format SLI as a cover memo for the rest of the export documents that includes:
Foreign Trade Regulations require that you provide at least these 10 data elements:
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