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526 AES Exemption

526.1 General

In many circumstances, electronic export information filing and an ITN may not be required when mailing goods internationally. In these circumstances, customers are directed to apply an applicable AES Exemption on the customs declaration form upon mailing. The following conditions apply:

  1. A mailer may enter one AES Exemption per addressed mailpiece. When multiple exemptions may apply, the mailer may select any one that applies.
  2. A mailer cannot apply an AES Exemption to shipments that require an export license.

526.2 When Applicable

Customers with shipments not meeting the mandatory filing requirements under 524.21 may apply an AES Exemption such as the following on each customs declaration form:

  1. “NOEEI 30.37(a)” for shipments when the value of each class of goods is $2,500 or less. Mailers cannot apply this exemption to shipments that require an export license or to shipments to countries identified as terrorist-supporting countries in the Export Administration Regulations (currently, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria).
  2. “NOEEI 30.36” for shipments to Canada that do not require an export license.
  3. “NOEEI 30.37(h)” for shipments of gift parcels and humanitarian donations as defined in 15 CFR § 740.12. This exemption may apply only to qualifying shipments to certain terrorist-supporting countries identified in 524.21c (currently, Cuba, North Korea, and Sudan). In addition, the mailer must endorse the item with the marking “GIFT — Export License Not Required” on the address side of the package. The mailer must also write “GFT” in the same block as the AES Exemption on the applicable required customs declaration, as described in 527. The mailer must also complete all other blocks of the customs declaration form — including the “Detailed description of contents.”

Note: For more information and a complete listing of these and other AES Exemptions, see Appendix C of the Foreign Trade Regulations, 15 CFR Part 30.