Seminar and Workshop on New Mandatory Filing of Export Information

Teaneck, NJ (January 15, 2009) ó There are new requirements and tougher penalties that impact all businesses and organizations involved in the export process  ó including freight forwarders, exporting carriers, consolidators, U.S. Customs brokers, and U.S principal parties in interest including manufactures and suppliers.

The United States Census Bureau now requires mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) or through the AESDirect for all shipments where a Shipperís Export Declaration was previously required. All AES filers are faced with new filing deadlines by mode of transportation for reporting export information.

Understanding the new requirements will help avoid possible penalties or seizure of commodities. To assist businesses in complying with these new requirements, the Census Bureau and port officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will conduct a seminar and a workshop in Madison, NJ on February 18 and 19.

The seminar, sponsored by The New Jersey District Export Council, the United States Newark Export Assistance Center and the Global Enterprise Network of Fairleigh Dickinson University, will be held on Wednesday, February 18, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), at FDUís College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

In the seminar, experts will cover the filing requirements of the FTR, how to classify commodities by providing a understanding of the Schedule B classification requirements, as well as provide a thorough overview of the Automated Export System. The Customs and Border Protection experts will cover port requirements and efforts against terrorism and international narcotics trafficking.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 19, from 9 a.m.-noon, in the Orangerie of the Library at FDUís College at Florham, Madison, NJ. It offers certified training on AESPcLink. Participants, limited to a maximum of 25 registrants, will learn how to successfully file Electronic Export Information via the Windows-based desktop PC component, AESPcLink.  A continental breakfast is included.

The seminar and workshop sessions will be led by:

Joe Cortez, the Branch Chief for the Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch with the United States Census Bureauís Foreign Trade Division. He was instrumental in the development of the Foreign Trade Divisionís Automated Export System (AES) compliance program. Cortez was a recipient of the Silver Medal Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on an individual by the Department of Commerce. He recently received the Census Bureauís Directorís Award for Innovation.

Rebecca DeNale, an Economic Statistician in the U.S. Census Bureauís Foreign Trade Division, currently works in the Export Minerals section of the Commodity Analysis Branch. Its mission is to ensure the quality of the trade statistics and respond to customersí inquiries. One of her responsibilities is to assist the public in the classification process of commodities.

Nyitre J. Rodgers works in the AES Branch serving as Project Lead to the Fatal Error team. She is primarily responsible for Fatal Error monitoring processes and procedures. Rodgers worked on the compliance team responsible for researching and visiting non-compliant exporters; targeting their weak areas in an effort to establish best practices and problem resolution. She facilitates seminars and workshops on the AES system, educating the trade on the program and how to use it effectively.

The cost of the seminar is $190 for the full day, with continental breakfast and lunch included. The workshop cost is $80.

Advance registration is highly recommended. For registration and further information, call Michel Wouters, New Jersey Export Council at 201-995-0770 or or Harvey Rubinstein, U.S. Commercial Service at 973 645 4682 or

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