Questions and answers about AES

  • AES Filing

    Question: I have a question for the membership. We are a freight forwarder, an LLC and recently our company purchased a company that is a C-Corp. Their operating system is more robust, so we are moving to their operating system.  Due to financials and payout, and the need to keep the financials separate for the […]

  • Licensed Medical Device AES Filing

    Question: We are in the process of obtaining a BIS license for medical supplies due for Syria as a humanitarian donation. The supplies were donated to us (a US based non-profit) by a European entity. The supplies are actually of US origin and are currently in a 3PL in the Netherlands. Our questions are: Is […]

  • Export to China ITN

    Question: Is there any regulatory requirement, or otherwise, for only the pre-departure ITN to be used on the OBL for China?  If yes, what is the reason why the AESPOST departure can’t be used? Answer 1: It’s an EITHER OR, not BOTH.  You are either on predeparture filing (99% of US exporters) or you are grandfathered […]


    Question: We self-file EEIs for non-routed exports.  We have a forwarder to creates the pre-shipping instructions to the carrier and who monitors to ensure the ocean BLs are correct and finalized.  Instructions were given years ago for the forwarder to enter an AESPOSTXXXXXXXXMMDDYYYY message on the BL in all instances, even when we’ve already filed […]

  • Self Filing

    Question: In a pinch, i.e. holidays and weekends when our broker is not providing off hour service, can a company with a licensed customs broker on staff file their own entries through AES? Answer 1: I believe you would first have to apply for and obtain a permit and a filer code. Answer 2: For […]

  • Filing AES

    Question: Anyone else experiencing China customs pushing back and asking for an SLI and for EEI to be filed regardless of value for any freight importing into China?  We only provide SLI and file EEI when a shipment has a total of $2500 or higher per HTS and/or if the products are controlled.  Not sure […]

  • Export Declarations (AES)

    Question: Company A (US Company) and Company B (Canadian Company) are related.   Company A sells US goods to Company B on Ex Works Terms. Company B sells to Company X in Singapore FOB from Company A’s US warehouse. Company X arranges the freight from Company A’s warehouse to various destinations.   Company X wants to take […]

  • Exporter ability to update EEI filed by Freight Forwarder via AES Direct

    Question: If one no longer has a relationship with a freight forwarder, is there a way in AES Direct for an exporter to update an EEI filing that was filed by that freight forwarder?  If yes does anyone have instructions on how? Note – We are able to run ACE reports for exports and the […]

  • Destination Change, EEI Corrections

    Question: 15 CFR §30.9 states that the EEI shall be filed with the information known at the time of export.   If the customer and their logistics provider change the destination weeks later en route to the port to support their supply chain, does the EEI need to be updated with the information of the new […]

  • AES

    Question: I need help to clarify AES EEI data reported for the shipping weight. Do I include the pallets and dunnage? is that consider part of normal packaging? Definitions: *15 CFR 30.1(c) “Shipping weight. The total weight of a shipment in kilograms including goods and packaging.” EEI Data Elements: EEI Data *15 CFR 30.6(a)(16) “Shipping weight. […]

  • AES Filings with Mexico Carrier SCAC Codes

    Question: When filing AES for cross border shipments, regulation requires declaration of the carrier that is transporting the goods across the border.   If transportation ends for us at delivery of US Broker, and broker has multiple carriers moving cargo, how are you receiving information for the correct carrier? Answer 1: It sounds like you are […]

  • ITN & Argentina Customs

    Question: Hello Members: A day ago, I was informed by our customer in Argentina that their customs was holding up a shipment because the document does not show an ITN number.  I said that there is no ITN number for the shipment is less than $2,500 USD, therefore an exemption was used and a filing […]