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Who is the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI)?
The person in the United States (U.S.) that receives the primary benefit monetary or otherwise of the export transact... (more)

When I'm shipping something out of the U.S., do I need to know my Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)?
When exporting commodities out of the United States (or releasing technology or source code to a foreign national in ... (more)

What are the responsibilities of the freight forwarders in an export transaction?
Freight forwarders are responsible for: Preparing the EEI (Electronic Export Information) recor... (more)

What is the Internal Transaction Number?
  The Internal Transaction Number (ITN) is a unique transaction reference number that AES provides to in... (more)

What are the restricted countries where I may not sell my goods?
You cannot think only of "restricted countries" because some of our export controls apply worldwide. Where you may or... (more)

What are the responsibilities of the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) in a routed export transaction?
They are responsible for the following: Provide basic commodity information to the forwarding o... (more)

What are the responsibilities of the U.S. principal party in interest (USPPI) in an export transaction?
This question is currently being updated to reflect the Mandatory AES regulations.  Until the update is posted, ... (more)

Who can't be a USPPI?
This question is currently being updated to reflect the Mandatory AES regulations.  Until the update is posted, ... (more)

How do I find out about duties and taxes for exporting to certain countries?
The Department of Commerce Trade Information Center can assist you with obtaining this information. The Center can be... (more)

Is there a FAQ web site for Trade Information Center?
In addition to questions at the Answer Center , there is a web site for ... (more)

Where can I get a copy of the Commerce Control List?
You can find the Commerce Control List (CCL) online.  The Alphabetical Index to the Commerce Control Lis... (more)

Does the Census Bureau have any faqs/questions on the 508 Acquisition process?
Yes, 508 Acquisition frequently asked questions... (more)

Do you have data on U.S. International Trade in Goods & Services (a.k.a. the FT900 report)?
Information on the "trade balance" is published in the FT-900 report (also known as the "U.S. International Trade in ... (more)

How much time will I have to become compliant with the new Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)?
The requirements under the new FTR are effective July 2, 2008, 30 days after the publication date. The effective date... (more)