By: Danielle McClellan

The Census Bureau issued a memorandum on September 4, 2008 to clarify the Foreign Trade Regulations requirement for advance filing of electronic export information through the AES. It is required, by the FTR, that the US principal party or authorized agent file the export information no later than the time period specified by mode of transportation.

After reviewing the information, Census has determined that Trade Act Deadlines do not apply to shipments within US territory, which includes Puerto Rico. Any shipments between the US and Puerto Rico or vice versa are exempt from filing timeframes in the FTR.

Census notes that the US Virgin Islands are not a part of the US customs territory and any shipments to USVI are required to file timeframes.

More information:

  • Title 15: Commerce and Foreign Trade (Electronic Code of Federal Regulations)