There are only two reasons why exporters choose to self-file entries to AES:
• To save on the fees charged by freight forwarders or brokers who submit on your behalf; and
• For proof of reporting number to ensure they are adhering to export compliance requirements.
The system is also smart enough to know even when an AES submission is not required—i.e., for low-value shipment, destination countries that do not require AES, or routed transactions where the liability of filing is transferred to another party.
For shipments that do require an AES submission, and which pass the system validations and which are subsequently accepted by U.S. Customs, your AES confirmation number (ITN) is returned to Visual Exporter, recorded in the system for audit purposes, and subsequently printed on your export documents.
Need to complete a Shippers Export Declaration? Visual Exporter can also generate your SED form as backup or as information for carriers. What could be simpler?