U.S. proposes new definition of exporter

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 28, 1999) The U.S. Census Bureau and the Export Administration have announced their proposed definitions of “exporter.”

Under the new proposed rules, the exporter or seller of cargo will be defined as the “U.S. principal party in interest.” This entity will provide the agencies with all the necessary shipment information, while the forwarder must provide the transportation data. The forwarder may fill out the entire export declaration if it has written permission from the exporter.

Both agencies’ proposed rules are expected to be published together in the Federal Register within the next two weeks. If the new rules are accepted by industry, they could be implemented as early as September.

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