Bartlett’s Annotated FTR (“BAFTR”) Updated Following FTR Amendment Clarifying Rules on Collection and Confidentiality of Kimberley Process Certificates

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Census has amended the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) to clarify the rules on the collection and confidentiality of Kimberley Process Certificates.  The rule was final as of April 23,2018, but will not take effect until July 23, 2018.

How is the “BAFTR” better than free copies of the FTR available on the Internet?

The BAFTR is the only version of the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations,15 C.F.R. Part 30 (Jan 1, 2014),  available in Microsoft Word and PDF, and fully updated with the latest amendments.  The BAFTR contains the full text of the Foreign Trade Regulations, with features added by the author, including a Table of Contents, footnotes, section histories, appendixes containing government guidance, user aides, and an Index.

The BAFTR will be amended every time the official FTR is amended or a new FTR letter is published, and subscribers will be sent copies of the new edition at no extra cost.  The best way to ensure you have an up-to-date copy of the FTR is to subscribe to the BAFTR from our webshop.

Comparison of Features of Free FTR Versions with The Annotated FTR (“BAFTR”)

15 CFR (Official)

GPO’s “e-CFR”



Updated within 3 days of FedReg amendment effective date

Table of Contents for each chapter

Table of Contents to entire FTR

Downloadable Word copy available

Downloadable PDF copies available

Printed tabbed copies available


Contains history of amendments

Contains footnotes to FTR printing errors

Contains footnotes to amended sections with delayed effective date

Contains footnotes to related Federal court cases

Contains cross-references to related FTR sections

Contains counsel “Practice Tips”

Contains 12-page Index

Permits readers to add Index items

Contains appendix list of FTR amendments since 2008

Contains appendix list of FTR acronym Glossary

Permits readers to call or email editor with questions about document

Volume Discounts:

1-4 subscriptions: full price = $100 each
5-9 subscriptions: 5% discount = $95 each
For 10 or more individual subscriptions or site licenses for posting on corporate servers, call Jim Bartlett at 1-202-802-0646 for pricing.

BAFTR Terms of Use

The Annotated FTR is copyrighted by the Law Office of James E. Bartlett III, PLLC.  Unless authorized by a site license, this document may not be transferred to a nonsubscriber or posted on a server or other location that allows access by a non-subscriber.  A subscription to the BAFTR provides the subscriber with a year-long individual use license or a site license for access by multiple employees at a prices varying with the number of employees given access. The BAFTR and its updates may be saved for reading on the subscriber’s individual computer or printed as hard-copy for use by the subscriber.  However, a subscriber may print a single copy and allow others to read it, so long as no other copies are printed by or for nonsubscribers.  Unauthorized duplication or access to copies is a copyright violation.  Direct questions to the author, James E. Bartlett III, at or 202-802-0646


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