The Importance Accurate ITN Numbers in International Trade

In the realm of the Automated Export System (AES), acronyms are abundant. You’re likely acquainted with FTR, EEI, EIN, ACE, and more. Yet, one acronym that receives less attention but holds significant importance is the Internal Transaction Number (ITN).

Today, we will explore two key inquiries:

What exactly is an ITN number in the context of international shipping, and why does it carry such significance for exporters?

The Importance of the Internal Transaction Number in Exporting

U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) mandate that exporters or their representatives must electronically submit export information (EEI) via AES for most merchandise exports valued at $2,500 or higher, as categorized by Schedule B numbers. 

To submit your EEI to AESDirect, you can log in to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) platform provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where you can manually input your export details. Alternatively, you have the option to streamline the process by utilizing specialized software, which enables you to file through AESDirect without the need to re-enter your export data on the AESDirect interface. This increases the accuracy of your data while saving costs and time.

Importance of accurate ITN

  • It serves as your filing confirmation.

Your AES ITN number acts as evidence that you, or your appointed agent, have submitted the EEI in compliance with the FTR. Remember that merely submitting the information is insufficient. Providing inaccurate details can result in potential civil and criminal penalties, with a maximum fine of $10,000 per violation, enforced by the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) under the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security.

  • It can assist in confirming the accuracy of filing in a routed export transaction.

Within a routed export transaction, the ITN enables you to verify the correctness of the information submitted on your behalf. While it is recommended against having someone else file through AES on your behalf, if you choose to do so, it’s crucial to actively monitor each transaction and ensure that the freight forwarders you collaborate with complete the documentation accurately.

  • It’s a mandatory inclusion on specific documents.

Ultimately, the Internal Transaction Number must be present on designated documents. Failure to include it could result in customs or your carrier and/or freight forwarder delaying your shipments.

In the world of international shipping and export regulations, understanding the importance of the Internal Transaction Number (ITN) is vital. So, when importing goods into Canada, you will need an ITN number request for Canada to ensure proper documentation and compliance with customs regulations.

Shelly Lindsey

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