Two New Seminars Offer Assistance with AES, Export
If you're looking for help completing your export documents or need
an explanation of the U.S. Customs Automated Export System (AES) for
filing your Shipper's Export Declaration (SED), two new seminars offer
Simplifying Export Documents: New Solutions for Documentary
Requirements is a special one-day program sponsored by the
International Trade Center at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.
This full-day, hands-on workshop addresses the major aspects of export
documentation preparation, new regulations and updates, the SED, and
Participants will use computer workstations and Shipping Solutions®
software to complete a set of export documents.
Understanding the Automated Export System provides an
overview of the AES filing process, a detailed review of the AES test
required to become a registered AES user, and a review of the
information required for each export filing through AES. This half-day
class will be held at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is co-sponsored by Metropolitan State
University, the Minnesota World Trade Association and the Minnesota
Both seminars will be held February 15, 2002, and offer hands-on
computer training. Attendees of both seminars will also receive a free
demo copy of Shipping Solutions, America's #1 selling export
Due to a major grant, the registration fee for Simplifying Export
Documents is only $89 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch
and training materials in a three-ring notebook. Registration begins at
8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
To register, contact Ms. Jennifer Quesenberry at the Radford
University Business Assistance Center at (540) 831-6056.
Registration for Understanding AES begins at 8 a.m. with a
continental breakfast, and the class runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
All attendees receive
- printouts of all the screens that you will see at the AES website,
- an explanation of the AES tutorial provided during the session,
- review of the test that you need to pass in order to finalize your
registration as an AES user.
The registration fee for this program is $75 ($65 for MWTA members,
MnSCU graduate students or faculty). Register by calling (612)
Joseph A. Robinson
is the instructor for Simplifying Export Documents. Catherine
J. Petersen and Rich Cox will be leading the Understanding AES
Additional Int'l Trade Seminars Available
Around the U.S.
If you are interested in learning more about AES, export documents
or other aspects of international trade, International
Business Training (IBT) offers dozens of day-long seminars almost
every month in major
cities across the U.S.
Current seminar topics include:
Produced by Global Training Center—a
leading provider of international trade seminars—these classes have
helped thousands of individuals become more proficient at their jobs and more
valuable to their companies.
In addition to day-long seminars, IBT offers a variety of reference
books and self-study classes designed to help international trade
professionals do their jobs.
Party in Interest (Part 1)
This is the first of four articles that
will discuss the definition and use of the U.S. Principal Party
in Interest (USPPI) and provide real-life case studies (with the names
changed) of which firm is legally the USPPI.
In the fall of 2000, the U. S. Census Bureau
updated the look of the
Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) and the corresponding Foreign Trade
Statistics Regulations. The SED and regulations became law on October
1, 2000, with a grace period for compliance until April 1, 2001.
These changes were more than a badly needed
facelift to the SED, which was last updated in 1988. The new rules
changed Block 1a from "Exporter" to
"U. S. Principal Party in Interest" or USPPI. There are
several reasons that the regulations changed. Three of the reasons are
- Clarify and specify the documentation and
documentation sharing responsibilities of all parties in an export
transaction. In a routed export transaction the forwarding agent
is responsible for providing the U.S. principal with documentation
verifying that the information provided by the U.S. principal was
accurately reported on the SED/Automated Export System (AES).
- Identify the data the USPPI is responsible
for reporting, which is their name, Employer's Identification
Number (EIN), and basic commodity information to the U.S. agent of
the foreign principal party in interest in a routed export
transaction (excluding ultimate consignee). This is all they will
be liable for. Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) and U.S.
Customs concur with this provision.
- Create conformity in document issuance.
For purposes of completing the SED/AES the exporter is always
designated as the USPPI, and the Foreign Trade Statistics
Regulations clearly specifies who that party must be. Also, the
Export Administration Regulations define the parties who may be
listed as "applicant" on the BXA license. The only
difference is that the EAR, in certain routed export transactions,
will allow the agent of the foreign principal party in interest to
be listed as the exporter on the license.
This has caused consternation and confusion
among many companies that are shipping their merchandise to foreign
customers as they try to understand the regulations and determine who
is legally defined as the USPPI for their shipments.
The best website to search answers and look
up the regulations is the U.S. Census website. The Census website
provides these definitions of the USPPI:
Who is the U.S. Principal Party in
The person in the United States that receives
the primary benefits, monetary or otherwise, of the export
transaction; generally that person is the U.S. seller, manufacturer,
order party, or foreign entity. The foreign entity must be listed as
the USPPI if it is in the United States when the items are purchased
or obtained for export.
Who cannot be the U. S. Principal Party in
The forwarding agent or the consolidator
cannot be listed as the U.S. principal party in interest on the SED or
Who can be the U.S. Principal Party in
Generally that person can be the:
- U.S. Seller (wholesaler/distributor) of
the merchandise for export.
- U.S. Manufacturer if selling the
merchandise for export.
- U.S. Order Party - Party who directly
negotiated between the U.S. seller and foreign buyer and received
the order for the export of the merchandise.
- Foreign Entity if in the U.S. when items
are purchased or obtained for export.
This first case study is a common export
transaction and is relatively easy to determine who is the USPPI.
Future case studies will demonstrate how complex it can be to
determine the USPPI.
Seller: Monterrey Fish Supply &
Trading Co., 14555 Monterrey Bay Road, Monterrey, CA 98888
Monterrey Fish Supply & Trading Co. sold
30 Metric Tons of frozen fish to their customer in Taiwan under CIP
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, international freight prepaid. Monterrey will be
the shipper on the international bill of lading and they will issue
the international commercial invoice.
USPPI in this transaction: Monterrey
Fish Supply & Trading Co.
Exporter in this transaction:
Monterrey Fish Supply & Trading Co.
It is important to remember that this is an
excerpt from a variety of sources, including the regulations. If your
situation differs from the one described above and you need further
clarification for your records, the U.S. Census welcomes your
inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.