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AES Partner Agency Interfaces

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Automated Export System has developed various levels of automated interaction with the following agencies:

  • Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)/Commerce
  • Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)/State
  • Bureau of the Census (Census)/Commerce
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)/Treasury

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)/Commerce

The BIS issues licenses for a variety of outbound commodities regulated by that agency and designation of categories of "exceptions" to licensing requirements.

For questions on the type of BIS license an USPPI's merchandise requires, license application procedures, license exception symbol, structuring the appropriate ECCN, etc., call:

Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. Department of Commerce

Eastern U.S. - (202) 482-4811
Western U.S. - (714) 660-0144

For clarification/resolution of error messages on data entered into the AES, after the USPPI has checked the data against their approved Commerce/BIS license, call:

Bureau of Industry and Security/Dept. of Commerce
Office of Enforcement Support

Phone: (202) 482-4255
Fax: (202) 482-0971

Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)/Department of State

  • Data pertinent to BIS is currently collected as part of the Electronic Export Information (EEI) transmitted by the AES filer: License Code, License Number, ECCN (Export Control Classification Number). The USPPI or Authorized Agent selects the appropriate License Code from the License Type Code Tables (includes BIS-approved Licenses, Special Comprehensive Licenses (SCL) and License Exceptions).

    The USPPI or Authorized Agent enters an ECCN where applicable. The USPPI or Authorized Agent enters the approved BIS License Number for all BIS-approved Licenses and SCLs.

    • A system validation of outbound shipments is performed against BIS-approved Licenses and Special Comprehensive Licenses. CBP is the responsible agency for reviewing this export shipment information prior to departure.
    • There is a hyper link from CBP/Export Web site to the BIS home page on the Internet to access the Denied Parties List maintained by BIS.
    • BIS license activity is recorded in AES and extracted to BIS.
      *Note that no license application data is processed through AES.
  • The DDTC issues licenses for permanent exports and temporary exports and imports of defense articles, technical information and defense services.

    Data pertinent to DDTC is currently collected as part of the Electronic Export Information (EEI) Transmitted by the AES filer: License Code, License Number/License Exemption Citation. The USPPI or Authorized Agent selects the appropriate License Code from the License (i.e., Permanent Export (DSP-5), Temporary Import (DSP-61), Temporary Export (DSP-73, and License Exemption, etc.).

    • The USPPI or Authorized Agent enters approved DDTC License Number of the License Exemption Citation (i.e., CFR...) for all munitions shipments.
    • A system validation or outbound shipments is performed against DDTC-approved licenses. CBP is the responsible agency for reviewing this export shipment information prior to departure.
    • The AES program for decrementing DDTC licenses has been implemented nationwide for the permanent export licenses (DSP-5s). This program allows the DSP-5 license to be decremented and calculates the new balance for the license even when the shipment departs from ports other than the port where the license is lodged. An informational message is returned to the AES filer when the value on the license has been exhausted and no further shipments can be made against the license.
    • CBP collects and transmits to DDTC data on export shipments subject to munitions licensing requirements.

    Note that no license application data is processed through AES.

    For questions on the type of DDTC license an USPPI's merchandise requires, license application procedures, exemptions, etc., call:

    Directorate of Defense Trade Controls Response Team
    U.S. Department of State
    Phone: (202) 663-1282

    For clarification/resolution of error messages on data entered into the AES, after the USPPI has checked the data against their approved State/DDTC license, call:

    Directorate of Defense Trade Controls Response Team
    Licensing Division
    Phone: (202) 663-1282

    Bureau of the Census (Census)/Commerce

    The Census Bureau is responsible for determining statistical requirements and collecting, compiling and publishing statistics relating to U.S. exports, imports, balance of trade and transportation data relating thereto.

    For questions regarding the correct Schedule B classification number for commodities being exported, contact:

    CBP collects and transmits to Census line item commodity data provided by the USPPI or Authorized Agent and certain transportation (manifest) data provided by the carrier on all export shipments.

      • All line item data is subjected to Census edits provided for in the AES programs prior to acceptance of the data.
    • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

    • The NRC issues licenses for shipments of nuclear material and equipment.

      Data pertinent to the NRC is currently collected as part of the Electronic Export Information (EEI) transmitted by the AES filer: License Code, License Number/General License Citation.

      • The USPPI or Authorized Agent selects the appropriate License Code from the License Type Code Tables (i.e., Specific, General license).

        The USPPI or Authorized Agent enters the approved NRC Specific License Number or the General License Citation (i.e., CFR...) for all nuclear material/equipment shipments.

        CBP is the responsible agency for reviewing this export shipment information prior to departure.

        Note that no license application data is processed through AES.

        Nuclear Regulatory Commission
        Office of International Programs
        Division of Nonproliferation
        Licensing Staff

        Phone: (301) 415-3977 or (800) 216-0881
        Fax: (301) 415-2395

      Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)/Treasury

      OFAC issues licenses for certain export shipments that would otherwise be barred by specific country sanctions.

      For questions on the type of OFAC license the USPPI's merchandise requires, license application procedures, etc., call:

      • The USPPI or Authorized Agent selects the appropriate License Code from the License Type Code Tables (i.e., Specific, General license).

        The USPPI or Authorized Agent enters the approved OFAC Specific License Number or the General License Citation (i.e., CFR...) for allowable shipments to sanctioned countries.

        CBP is the responsible agency for reviewing this export shipment information prior to departure.

        Note that no license application data is processed through AES.

      • A hyper link from CBP/Export Web site to the OFAC home page on the Internet is provided to allow access to the Specially Designated Nationals/Terrorists table to assist the USPPI in their compliance efforts.
    • Office of Foreign Assets Control
      U.S. Department of the Treasury
      Licensing Enforcement

      Phone: (202) 622-2520
      Fax: (202) 622-1657

      Data pertinent to OFAC is currently collected as part of the Electronic Export Information (EEI) transmitted by the AES filer: License Code, License Number/General License Citation.

    • If you are a freight forwarder or are exporting a wide variety of products, you should purchase the Schedule B from:

      Hard Copy:
      U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
      Washington, DC 20402
      (202) 783-3238CD ROM:
      U.S. Bureau of the Census
      Washington, DC 20233
      (800) 549-0595 ext. 2

      • If you only export one or two commodities, you may call:

        U.S. Bureau of the Census
        Washington, DC 20233
        (800) 549-0595 ext. 2

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