Decrementing Export Licenses in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

Blaine Smith   August 10, 2016   Comments Off on Decrementing Export Licenses in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, deployed a new AES function to assist filers reporting BIS-licensed exports. On July 28, 2016, AES began decrementing the BIS license value and now returns one or more Informational Messages to the filer. These messages will not preclude the issuance of an ITN, nor will they result in a Fatal Error. Depending on the circumstances of the filing, the filer may be notified:
• that the BIS license value has been met or exceeded by a prior filing;
• that the BIS license value has been exceeded by the current filing;
• that the allowable shipping tolerance (10% over BIS license value) has been exceeded by the current filing; and
• of the remaining value on the BIS license (may be negative).
This function and associated Informational Messages were initiated based on suggestions from industry that decrementation of BIS licenses be automated in a manner similar to licenses issued by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) for items subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The intent of this action is to enable filers to better track their own license usage and to identify potential filing errors so that corrective action can be taken immediately. Questions and comments about this change should be directed to the BIS Office of Technology Evaluation at (202) 482-4933 or ECR_AES@bis.doc.gov.