FedEx Export AgentFile®
You can authorize FedEx as your agent to file your Electronic Export Information (EEI, formerly known as Shipper's Export Declaration or SED) to the Automated Export System (AES) when processing FedEx Express shipments on fedex.com. FedEx Export AgentFile provides exporters with a streamlined EEI filing and shipping label preparation process for regulatory compliance. The tool stores all of your filings, creating a record you can access online anytime within 45 days of its submission. Your recordkeeping requirements may, however, require you to retain such records for up to five years as required by law. The user interface is easy to use and guides you through all of the important steps. To access this tool, go to FedEx® Global Trade Manager and click File an EEI before preparing your shipping label.
Mandatory AES filing for all commodities that require an EEI
On June 2, 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau issued the final rule, which mandates electronic filing of all shipments requiring Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) information through the Automated Export System (AES). The publication of the final rule includes:
- Foreign Trade Statistics Regulations (FTSR) was renamed Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).
- New FTR exemptions and exclusions were added to the new regulations. See FTR chart for more details.
- SED information filed to AES is now known as Electronic Export Information (EEI). A paper SED cannot be filed under any circumstances. Exporters must self-file or authorize an agent to file for them through AES.
- Filing deadlines were implemented for EEI transmission of no later than two hours for non-ITAR shipments and no later than eight hours for ITAR shipments prior to exportation.
- The U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) or their authorized agent is responsible for providing the proper AES proof of filing citation or FTR exemption legend on the international air waybill or entering it into the electronic shipping label device when the shipment is tendered to the carrier.
- Option 4 filers were renamed postdeparture filers and an AES filing review process includes other U.S. government partnership agencies and their acceptance standards. Postdeparture filers must be preapproved.
- Civil penalties for late filed EEI or failure to file increased from $100 to $1,100 for each day delinquent with the maximum penalty increased from $1,000 to $10,000 for each violation.
- New criminal penalties were implemented for filing false and/or misleading information, up to $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both, for each violation.
These regulations will affect all exporters required to file an EEI. The final rule was effective July 2, 2008, with a 90-day implementation period ending Sept. 30, 2008. The U.S. Census Bureau is requiring mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) or through AESDirect for all shipments when it is required.
What will I need to do to help ensure compliance with the mandatory AES filing rule?
- If you use FedEx electronic shipping solutions, upgrade to the newest version of software.
Register with AESDirect so you get e-mail notification concerning EEI filing and can file electronically free of charge.
- Ensure that you file your EEI predeparture and provide FedEx the appropriate AES proof of filing citation when an EEI is required. If an EEI is not required, provide the appropriate Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) exemption legend.
Mandatory EEI filing for rough diamonds
Shipments of rough diamonds require an EEI regardless of the value. These diamonds are classified under Harmonized Code and/or Schedule B Commodity numbers that begin with 7102.10, 7102.21 and 7102.31. These shipments are required to be filed with AES and the Internal Transaction Number (ITN) as the AES proof of filing citation is required to be entered on the FedEx shipping label or air waybill prior to tendering the shipment.
Mandatory EEI filing for certain countries
Shipments to certain countries (for example, North Korea, Iran) require EEI regardless of the value. Be sure to check the most current list of proscribed countries at aesdirect.census.gov. Currently FedEx does not offer service from the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to any of these countries.
Mandatory AES filing for USML of ITAR commodities
Any commodity on the U.S. Munitions List (USML) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requires electronic filing of EEI and the ITN, as the AES proof of filing citation, is required to be entered on the FedEx shipping label or air waybill prior to tendering the shipment.
You can obtain further information at aesdirect.census.gov or by calling the AES Call Center at 1.800.549.0595. You can also register or file EEI at AESDirect.
If you have questions about EEI and your FedEx® shipments, call FedEx International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services").