Bartlett's Annotated FTR ("BAFTR") - Yearly Subscription

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How is the “BAFTR” different from the official FTR available for free on the Internet?

The Annotated FTR, popularly known as “Bartlett’s Annotated FTR (BAFTR) (1 Jan 2019 edition)” is the only version of the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations,15 C.F.R. Part 30, 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.  BAFTRs are sold as soft copies in Microsoft Word, which are emailed to subscribers every time the regulations are amended, plus occasional updates to add footnotes, cases, agency guidance, and Index entries.  We do not sell bound copies of the BAFTR, but subscribers who prefer a hard copy may print a copy themselves for inserting in loose-leaf binders or contact FCC for special prices if you would like to receive loose-leaf copies.

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 last FTR amendment is of 24 Apr 2018: 83 FR 17749-17751: Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR): Clarification on the Collection and Confidentiality of Kimberley Process Certificates. The best way to ensure you have an up-to-date copy of the FTR is to purchase our annual subscribtion service to the BAFTR.

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  • Footnotes to errors in the official text of the FTR.


–       Footnote 14: So in original.  There should be a right-side parenthesis for “(See § 30.6(a)(5)”.  Section 30.6(a)(5) states, “The country of ultimate destination is the country in which the goods are to be consumed, further processed, stored, or manufactured, as known to the USPPI at the time of export. The country of ultimate destination is the code issued by the ISO.”

–       Footnote 66: So in original, but as of April 5, 2014, that site states: “The requested page “/xp/cgov/trade/automated/aes/tech-docs/aestir/” could not be found.”  The correct site is http://www.cbp.gov/trade/aes/aestir/appendices (last visited April 5, 2014).

  • History of amendments and effective dates.


Footnote 2: Amended by 78 FR 16365-16391 (Mar. 14, 2013), effective April 5, 2014 (78 FR 67927-67928) (Nov. 13, 2013), but FTR Letter No. 8 of April 3, 2014 (reprinted in Appx. H), extended the implementation of enforcement until October 2, 2014.

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

The Annotated FTR (popularly known as Bartlett’s Annotated FTR “BAFTR”) is copyrighted material.  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 JEBartlett@JEBartlett.com or 202-802-0646

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