Category: AES

I’m something of a “news junkie.” If you’re like me, then you are constantly hearing about certain countries that can’t seem to keep themselves out of the news. You may even occasionally hear the name of a country that your company either does business with, or is contemplating as a customer. There are many ways...

With the ringing in of 2015, I’m sure many of you have made some resolutions. For those of us in the trade compliance field, updating our classification matrices is certainly one of them. While we were busy ushering in the New Year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Census were...

Effective immediately, the Schedule B and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) tables in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Automated Export System (AES) have been updated to accept the changes to the 2014 codes. AES will continue to accept shipments with outdated 2013 codes during a grace period for 30 days beyond the expiration date of December 31st,...

Beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2013, if you try to access the Automated Export System (AES) Direct website at www.aesdirect.gov that link will no longer work. Instead, you’ll need to visit census.gov to access the site. If you haven’t done so already, it’s a good idea to update your browser’s bookmarks with this new URL, and...

The Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau has announced an upcoming series of free webinars designed to provide exporters with helpful information about recent changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Many of you may have heard about some of these changes, including revised definitions and clarified (or revised) reporting requirements under the...

This is part of a series of blog articles titled The Automation Dilemma, which highlights some of the common “do’s and don’ts” when automating your company’s export compliance process. Be sure to read Article #1, Article #2, and Article #3 for all the posts in this series. Continuing with The Automation Dilemma series, I thought...

Every year the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Census update the codes used for import/export clearances. U.S. Customs will add or delete Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes based on items that need to be tracked due to protection of various industries (e.g., farming) and antidumping cases. Census will use...

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division has a new training video which is designed to help you find the correct Schedule B export codes for your products. This brief tutorial, called “Classifying Your Commodity” covers some of the basics that every trade compliance specialist should know. (For example: “What is a Harmonized Code?” and...