The Automated Electronic System (AES) is a term that every U.S. exporter should know and understand.
The AES is the electronic system used to file the Electronic Export Information (EEI) with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP). Generally an EEI must be filed for each Schedule B code classifying a group of goods in a shipment that exceeds a value of $2,500.
Who files the EEI?
Most often you will see either the U.S. Principal Party of Interest (USPPI) or the USPPI's authorized agent file the EEI. The USPPI is the U.S. party that directly benefits from the sale of the goods that will be shipped, which is typically the exporter.
The USPPI's authorized agent is usually a Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier (NVOCC) or freight forwarder, like Outer Seaways, that is handling the shipment. But first Outer Seaways must be authorized by the USPPI to file the EEI, which is usually done by completing a Shipper's Letter of Instruction.
Not filing the EEI correctly prior to the documentation cut-off will subject you to high penalties for violating federal trade regulations.
If you still have questions about EEI filings you can www.cpb.gov or sign-up and leave a comment below!