Automated Export System (AES)
(U.S. Customs) The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) system for electronic filing Electronic Export Information (EEI) and ocean manifest information directly to CBP.
The Automated Export System (AES) is a joint venture between CBP, the Foreign Trade Division of the Bureau of the Census (Commerce), the Bureau of Industry and Security (Commerce), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (State), other Federal agencies, and the export trade community. It is the central point through which export shipment data required by multiple agencies is filed electronically to Customs, using the efficiencies of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). AES provides an alternative to filing paper Shipper’s Export Declarations (SEDs). Export information is collected electronically and edited immediately, and errors are detected and corrected at the time of filing. AES is a nationwide system operational at all ports and for all methods of transportation. It was designed to assure compliance with and enforcement of laws relating to exporting, improve trade statistics, reduce duplicate reporting to multiple agencies, and improve customer service.
For complete information on how to participate, software options and more, go to: www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/automated/aes/easy_steps.xml. For information about AESDirect, the free internet application supported by the U.S. Census Bureau, go to: www.aesdirect.gov.