ANNOUCEMENT – 17 October 2008


With the new U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) in effect as of 1 October 2008, all filings of export documents must now take place electronically through the Automated Export System (AES).  Submission of paper Shipper Export Declarations (SEDs) are a violation of the FTR and shippers are subject to penalties.  Transactions which fall outside the scope of the FTR include goods shipped under the Customs Border and Protection (CBP) bond through the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands from one foreign country to another foreign country where such goods do not enter the consumption channels of the United States.  Shipments under the CBP bond leaving the United States by vessel may require the filing of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Form, 7513 SED for In-transit Goods.  There is no longer a requirement under Foreign Trade Statistical Regulations (FTSR) 30.3(2), 30.7, and 30.8 to provide information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers SED for In Transit Goods. FTSR 30.3(2), 30.7, and 30.8 are no longer valid regulations.


As of 1 October 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Navigation Regulations (33 CFR Part 207) have not been updated to include the filing of the Corps 7513 SED Form.  Thus, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have the legal authority to require shippers to file the 7513 SED for In-transit Goods.  The Corps is suspending the requirement to file the information contained on the 7513 Form until it can be done so electronically through a standard, nationwide data capture system, such as Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Manifest System (AMS).