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Mandatory AES Filing


Customer Advisory: Mandatory Automated Export System (AES) Filing 

U.S. Customs Border and Protection (CBP) imposes penalties for U.S. load port exports in violation of the Mandatory Automated Export System (AES) Final Rule published by the U.S. Census Bureau on June 2, 2008. Failure to provide AES information by the designated AES documentation cutoff in writing to OOCL will result in cargo, if already received, being rolled to the next available vessel with the exporter being responsible for all associated costs incurred in addition to a $200 per bill of lading fee.

As a reminder, the AES Proof of Filing citation, AES Post Departure Citation (Option 4), or the Exclusions or Exemptions legend must be provided to OOCL in writing for all US load port exports prior to the designated AES Documentation Cutoff by one of the following methods: 

  • Option 4 Filers who book via www.oocl.com or email can include their AES post departure citation number along with their written booking details.
  • Notate the AES information on your Shipping Instructions by the designated AES documentation cut off.
  • Submit online via the Service Request feature in My OOCL Center www.oocl.com 
  • Any AES information submitted to OOCL after the designated AES documentation cut off, please contact your OOCL Customer Service Booking Representative to facilitate cargo loading.

For booking requests after the AES cut off OOCL will require AES information be advised in writing within one business hour of booking registration to OOCL Customer Service Booking Representative. Failure to do so may result in cargo not being loaded and or a penalty if cargo is loaded without the AES information prior loading receipt. Furthermore, in order to be granted late gate receiving status into the marine terminal gate, the AES information and container number must first be received in writing by OOCL.
For cargo which originates in the USA and is moved via rail to a Canada load port, please refer to below icon to identify the USA Port of Export crossborder point to utilize for AES filing purposes.

Rail Origin

Port of Load

USA Port of Export Crossborder Point

 Bensenville (CP)  Montreal  Buffalo, New York
 Chicago (CN)  Montreal  Port Huron, Michigan
 Detroit (CN)  Montreal  Port Huron, Michigan
 Los Angeles (CN)  Montreal  Port Huron, Michigan
 Minneapolis (CP)  Montreal  Buffalo, New York
 Omaha (CN)  Montreal  Port Huron, Michigan
 Chicago (CN)  Vancouver  Ranier, Minnesota
 Detroit (CN)  Vancouver  Ranier, Minnesota
 Minneapolis (CP)  Vancouver  Portal, ND

The US Customs and Border Patrol maintains a list of Port Codes to use with above crossborder points for AES filing and can be downloaded from their site here.

For additional information, please see below links:


Should you have any questions or require assistance with regards to this advisory or your shipment needs, contact OOCL Customer Service in USA or Canada at 1-888-388-6625.

Visit us and track and trace your cargo on http://www.oocl.com/usa/eng/Pages/default.aspx


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