CENSUS, CUSTOMS EXPECT RUSH TO AES IN NOVEMBER
The U.S. Census Bureau and Customs are anticipating that use of the
Automated Export System by exporters and forwarders will increase rapidly, starting in
About 240 companies are using AES, which accounts for about 8 percent of
shipments that require export declarations. The volume of export declarations filed in the
system is expected to increase to 40 percent, or by as much as 700,000 commodity lines, by
the end of the year.
The increase in users will mostly be driven by the shutdown of Census’
30-year-old Automated Export Reporting Program (AERP) on Dec. 31. About 250 companies are
still using the system. "We’re trying to urge and assist these companies to convert
to AES as soon as possible," said Charles A. Woods, assistant division chief for
Census’ Foreign Trade Division.
There are also a number of large forwarders and express carriers, such as
Fritz Cos., Federal Express, Air Express International and BAX Global, that are in the
process of migrating to AES. Forwarders file a majority of export declarations for their
Both agencies say AES is prepared for the surge in filings of export
declarations. "We don’t expect any problems," said Leslie S. Albertson,
Customs’ marketing director for AES. "We know the system can handle it."
Census plans to focus stepped-up marketing efforts on remaining AERP filers
and the top 150 paper export declaration filers.
"We’re telling the industry that now is the time get onto AES,"
Harvey Monk Jr., chief of Census’ Foreign Trade Division. "They shouldn’t wait until
AES was developed three years ago as a way for companies to file their
shippers export declarations electronically with Census. The system has since gone through
several enhancements and is now in a format acceptable to the industry.
The voluntary system is expected to eventually become as important as the
Automated Broker Interface system is to imports.