September 6, 2017

Filing Export Paperwork With U.S. Customs

Under the hazardous waste import/export revisions published on November 28, 2016 [81 FR 85696], EPA established a transition period for the electronic submission of notices, reports, receipts, and consent notifications associated with the import/export of hazardous waste. On August 29, 2017 [82 FR 41015], the agency announced an Automated Export System (AES) filing compliance date of December 31, 2017. After that date, all exporters of manifested hazardous waste, universal waste, and spent lead-acid batteries (whether those materials will be recycled or disposed), and all exporters of cathode ray tubes (exported for recycling) will be required to file information in the AES for each export shipment. Paper processes will no longer be allowed after this compliance date.

The AES resides in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s automated commercial environment under the international trade data system. For more information on the AES, see the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s AES technical information site. For more information on EPA’s electronic filing of export paperwork, visit the agency’s submission of electronic export information site.

 


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