Final Rule Enhances Export Trade Reports

Information derived from CBP’s Cargo Systems Messaging Service

The Census Bureau’s International Trade Management Division (ITMD) is announcing the publication of a Final Rule revising several sections of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Title 15, Part 30.

The amendments reflect the implementation of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), in accordance with the Executive Order 13659, Streamlining the Export/Import Process for American Businesses. Section 405 of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-347, 120 Stat. 1884) established the ITDS.

The Final Rule also enhances the information provided in the Automated Commercial Environment’s (ACE) export trade reports. Where the authorized agent files an Automated Export System (AES) record in a routed export transaction, the agent is required to provide the filer name, Internal Transaction Number (ITN), and date of export in addition to the current data elements listed in Section 30.3(e)(2), upon request. The AES-203 Report will include the three additional data elements in ACE on April 27, 2017.

In addition, the changes reflect the capability to report the original ITN in subsequent commodity filings related to the original Electronic Export Information submission. The original ITN is an optional field. The functionality to report the original ITN will become operational on April 27, 2017.

The Census Bureau also revised the rule to clarify existing reporting requirements and address comments received on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The requirement to report the export of used electronics via a new data element is not included in the Final Rule.

Please find the Final Rule in its entirety at For further information or questions about the FTR, contact the Trade Regulations Branch (TRB), ITMD at 800-549-0595, Option 3.


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