Export Seizures and Penalties -
Export Seizures and Penalties
Shippers Export Declaration (SED) & Filing Electronic Export Information (EEI) in the Automated Export System (AES)
While the Shippers Export Declaration (SED) paper filing no longer exists, nevertheless, it was replaced with an Electronic Export Information (EEI), that serves a dual purpose of providing both export statistics and also export controls. Electronic Export Information (EEI) filings are made within the Automated Export System (AES). It is very important that EEI’s are filed in the AES when a shipment of merchandise under the same HTSUS is valued at more than US $2,500. If a valid, timely Electronic Export Information (EEI) transmission is not filed, then CBP can not only seize the shipment but also dispense penalties.
Seizure and Penalties for Non Compliance
U.S. Customs may seize goods if they are against the law. In the event your merchandise is seized, then you have options. In your seizure notice, you may notice that you are provided a Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures (FP&F) case number and are also assigned a paralegal. The paralegal will then send you a “Seizure Notice,” and at that point, you have 30 days to respond (extensions are given freely if requested before the 30 day expiration period). Like US Civil law a response is called a “Petition,” and the response petition must be prepared by an expert in Customs cases. A Petition normally contains your legal arguments and valid reasons as to why U.S. Customs should release your merchandise.