The Census Bureau’s International Trade Management Division (ITMD) is announcing the publication of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) Letter No. 10 – Annotating the Electronic Manifest Pilots for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This letter is to provide guidance on the appropriate annotations to be used when submitting export manifest data electronically. As many of you are aware, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is conducting pilots to test the functionality regarding the filing of export manifest data for air, rail, and ocean cargo electronically to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

The Census Bureau, CBP and the trade have developed guidance to ensure that a standard format is reported in the electronic manifest. On June 2, 2018 the codes in the chart are the only acceptable codes to be used in the electronic manifests. You must submit the code exactly as it appears in the chart. For filers who are submitting paper manifests, the current annotation identified in the FTR remains appropriate. Since the bill of lading and air waybill are paper documents, the codes identified in the chart may be preceded with AES (i.e. AES 37A) for clarity purposes if the current annotation (i.e. NOEEI 30.37(a)) is not used.

FTR Letter No. 10 and the chart referenced above can be found in its entirety here. For further information or questions regarding the letter, contact the Trade Regulations Branch (TRB), ITMD.