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Automated Export System

The Automated Export System (AES) is the electronic way to file what was formerly known as the Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) and the ocean manifest information directly to U.S. Customs.

Since September 30, 2008, the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of the Census, and Customs and Border Protection require all exporters to file Electronic Export Information (EEI) using the AES as well as provide proof of the AES Filing Citation to the Carrier a minimum of 24 hours prior to the loading of the cargo.

The AES is used for two purposes. First, it serves as a census record of U.S. exports. Many reports are generated by the government using these statistics. Second, because the commodity's export license designation appears on the form, the AES serves as a regulatory document.

The AES is required for shipments when the commodity's value exceeds more than $2500 per Schedule B number. The AES must also be prepared, regardless of value, for all shipments requiring an export license or for shipments to embargoed countries.

The exporter or the authorized agent (if power of attorney has been recognized) transmits the commodity information using AES. The AES Filing Citation is sent to the exporting carrier a minimum of 24 hours prior to the loading of the cargo.

Since all export information is collected electronically, it is also edited immediately, and errors are detected and corrected at the time of filing, which eliminates the cost of corrections and delays of paper handling.

Please view the AES main page that provides information about the system, how to register, and frequently asked questions. For more information on AES you can call the AES toll-free Answerline at 1.800-549-0595 or send an e-mail to