Automated Export System Filing | Get Your Vehicle Across The US Border

Automated Export System Filing | Get Your Vehicle Across The US Border

New Export Reporting Requirements From The US

Effective October 2, 2014, the US Census Bureau (Census) Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) mandated the filing of Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) or AESDirect for all used self-propelled vehicles, regardless of value or country of destination. Importers and exporters of used self-propelled vehicles need to keep in mind this new condition is in addition to the current 72-hour notice requirements.

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What Is Considered A Used Self-Propelled Vehicle?

Any self-propelled vehicle that has been purchased and re-sold (even if the vehicle is only days old) is considered a used vehicle; and includes any automobile, truck, tractor, bus, motorcycle, motor home, and any other self-propelled machinery or equipment. However, the requirement to file AES does not apply to dealer-to-dealer transactions when the equipment is brand new.

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Impact On US Exporters?

AES filing is now mandatory. These regulations apply to all exports of any used-self-propelled vehicle from the US


If you are planning to buy a vehicle in the US and import the vehicle into Canada or another country, the new regulation in effect will make the export process a little more complicated. The US exporter or appointed agent is now required to file EEI and report to the US Census through AES to provide vehicle, shipper, and consignee information. 

Who Can File Through The Automated Export System?

AES filings must be handled by a US domiciled company. A Customs Broker, Freight Manager or United States Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) can file the AES declaration. In other words, the AES filing for an Internal Transaction Number (ITN) can only be done by a resident of the US (i.e. the seller or an appointed agent).

How The Automated Export System Works?

AES was created as a channel through which required export shipment information reaches the appropriate agency involved in monitoring and validating US exports. Once the AES filing has been completed, an ITN will be assigned. The Customs Broker or Importer provides the ITN on the Vehicle Export Cover Sheet to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to file 72 hour notice and bring the vehicle across the US border.

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Penalties For Non-Compliance

It is important to understand these requirements to avoid costly penalties. CBP will begin to issue penalties on behalf of Census in amounts up to $10,000 USD for non-compliance per violation. These penalties may be imposed for failure to file export information in AES, delayed filing, filing of false or misleading information, and any other violations of Foreign Trade Regulations. Canadian buyers of vehicles from the US should start complying right now or risk having their vehicle held up at the border.

How Can I Get Help?

Pacific Customs Brokers can handle these filings on your behalf and offers full and partial AES filing services for commercial and individual importers. Contact us to learn how we will help you meet your AES obligations.

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Aimee Miller

Aimee Miller is the Trade Compliance Supervisor with Pacific Customs Brokers Inc. US operation, located in Blaine, Washington. She is a licensed US Customs Broker and a Certified Customs Specialist, with 19 years of operational and Trade Compliance experience in the trade and transportation industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.
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