SNAP-R Online Help for Exporters

Introduction

Overview

The purpose of the Redesigned Simplified Network Application Process (SNAP-R) is to enable exporters to submit export license applications, re-export applications, commodity classification requests, agriculture license exception notices, and associated supporting documents to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) via the Internet. SNAP-R enables exporters to provide submissions directly to BIS via an Internet connection and a web browser. This manual provides information specific to accessing and using SNAP-R.

For additional information not covered in this manual, BIS maintains multiple help desks to assist you with SNAP-R questions and technical difficulties. If you have questions about applying for a CIN and/or user accounts, please review our SNAP-R Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. For software-related technical performance questions (browser incompatibility, difficulty loading attachments), you may contact the BIS SNAP-R Help Desk at (202) 482-2227 or email at snapr@bis.doc.gov . For CIN or login ID questions or to verify or reassign an account, call BIS`s Outreach and Educational Services Division at (202) 482-2148 for assistance. For general assistance with completing a license application or a commodity classification request in SNAP-R, call BIS's export counselling desks at (202) 482-4811(Washington, DC), (949) 660-0144 (Irvine, CA) or (408) 998-8806 (Santa Clara, CA) or email to: ECDOEXS@bis.doc.gov.

SNAP-R Features

SNAP-R provides the following functionality:

An important note in SNAP-R is the term Work Item is used to refer to any of the BIS work related transactions that can be submitted online. These include:

Application Requirements

SNAP-R is accessible through a number of different browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher via the internet. To provide for secure data transmission, https is the only supported protocol (you cannot log in via http://).

The minimum requirements for accessing SNAP-R are:

For optimal experience, your screen resolution should be 1024 x 768 or higher.

To ensure Active X for Internet Explorer is enabled:

Note: Some settings are managed by your local System Administrator and may not be altered. Contact your local System Administrator if you have difficulties with enabling Active X in Internet Explorer. Mozilla Firefox and Chrome do not require Active X.

  1. Choose the Tools --> Internet Options... (drop down, main menu).
  2. Click the Security tab, highlight <your security zone>, then click Custom Level.
  3. Scroll down to the Scripting header, choose Enable under the Active X option.

To ensure session cookies are enabled:

  1. When using Internet Explorer 8.0.
  2. Choose the Tools --> Internet Options... (drop down, main menu).
  3. Click the Privacy tab, select Medium high, click Apply, then OK.
  4. Mozilla Firefox and Chrome are similar to Internet Explorer.

or

  1. When using Internet Explorer 8.0.
  2. Choose the Tools --> Internet Options... (drop down, main menu).
  3. Click the Privacy tab, click Sites.
  4. Enter https://snapr.bis.doc.gov, then click Allow, then click OK.
  5. Mozilla Firefox and Chrome are similar to Internet Explorer.

To ensure PDF file downloads are enabled:

  1. Choose the Tools --> Internet Options... (drop down, main menu).
  2. Click the Security tab, highlight <your security zone>, then click Custom Level...
  3. Scroll down to the Downloads header, choose Enable under the File Download option.

Note, the steps above will affect the behavior of all sites in the security zone you modified. Alternatively, you can add https://snapr.bis.doc.gov as a trusted site. To do so:

  1. Choose the Tools --> Internet Options... (drop down, main menu).
  2. Choose the Security tab, click Trusted Sites then click the Sites... button
  3. In Add This Web Site to the Zone, enter https://snapr.bis.doc.gov then click Add, then click OK , then click Add, then click OK.

SNAP-R Cookies and Privacy

For a better user experience, SNAP-R stores a small text file, known as a "cookie", in the user's browser for the duration for the user session, i.e. from the time a user logs in until there has been no activity for 20 minutes, or the user logs out of SNAP-R . Used in many other popular web applications, the cookie helps SNAP-R identify a user who has already logged in, so the user does not have to enter the login ID and password for every request.

The use of these cookies does not pose a risk to the user's privacy, which SNAP-R takes very seriously. For example,

Popup Blockers

SNAP-R does not use popup windows. However, for better use experiences, SNAP-R opens a new browser window to display the contents of a previously uploaded supporting document, when requested by the user. While this mechanism works with most popup blockers, some may mistakenly block the new windows. In such cases, please refer to your popup blocker instructions on how to allow SNAP-R document windows.

Understanding the SNAP-R Process

Before Starting - Register Obtain a Company Identification Number (CIN) and activate a user account. See the section in this document entitled SNAP-R Electronic Submissions for further information.

Note for users of the old SNAP system: The original SNAP system refers to the CIN as the "Applicant ID."

Supply a valid email address when activating a user account. To confirm the email address is valid, you will receive a response email with an active link you must click on to activate a new account. If links are not enabled in your IT system, you will not be able to complete this step, and will need to use a different email address. The initial email address for the account can be updated later by updating the User Profile. SNAP-R will use this email address solely to communicate when new messages (acknowledgements, validations, or requests) are available to be viewed online through SNAP-R. BIS will not use this email address for any other purpose.

Step 1 - Submit Information

Create a Work Item by filling out the online forms and (if applicable) attaching supporting documentation in PDF format. After submitting the forms, BIS will start the review process, and the documents will no longer be editable by the submitter. BIS will assign the application an Application Control Number (ACN) that normally begins with the letter 'Z'.

Step 2 - Receive acknowledgment

BIS routes an acknowledgment message through SNAP-R to each user authorized to access the Work Item. This message will include the Application Control Number (ACN) mentioned in Step 1. Users can access SNAP-R and see new messages from BIS on the homepage displayed immediately upon logging in.

Step 3 - Check Status and Messages

Check the status of the applications through SNAP-R.

Once users have received an Application Control Number (ACN) from BIS/SNAP-R, they may track the status of the Application via the System for Tracking Export License (STELA) at https://snapr.bis.doc.gov/stela.

BIS may send requests for further information. Access these requests and other messages through SNAP-R. For timely processing of applications, these requests should be accommodated as soon as possible. Responses may contain simple text as well as attached documentation.

Step 4 - Final Action

Acceptance or rejection of a previously submitted application, classification or reporting form can be viewed from SNAP-R. Final validations may include an electronic Export/Re-Export/Transfer License facsimile, electronic Commodity Classification facsimile, or electronic License Exception AGR Notice facsimile, electronic License Exception STA eligibility request Notice facsimile. Exporters may ship based on the terms and conditions of the electronic copy rather than waiting for the duplicate hard copy on BIS letterhead.

A hardcopy backup notification is subsequently mailed to the exporter.

SNAP-R Electronic Submission - Obligations and Responsibilities

Exporter Obligations

SNAP-R allows exporters to submit Export License applications, Re-Export License applications, Transfer (in-country) License applications, License Exception AGR Notices, License Exception STA eligibility requests and Commodity Classification requests via the Internet. You must have a Company Identification Number (CIN) to access SNAP-R. The procedures and requirements for obtaining and using a CIN are set forth in section 748.7 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

If your company does not already have a SNAP-R account, register online for one at: https://snapr.bis.doc.gov.

This page is found on the BIS website, www.bis.doc.gov, under the Licensing tab on the top toolbar. Choose the link for SNAP-R Online Registration and Login. Fill in the requested information, designate an Account Administrator, and click Submit my Registration button at the bottom of the page. The electronic registration form includes contact information for the company (name, address, etc.) as well as for the individual company employee designated a the SNAP-R administrator for the company, and requires acceptance from both the company and the administrator of and conditions.

Important Note: You will receive and e-mail from BIS to confirm your e-mail address for purposes of registration. Click on the link with the e-mail and respond within five days to activate your registration. If you fail to respond, your account will not be activated and you will not receive a Company Identification Number (CIN).

When your registration is successfully activated, your will be issued a Company Identification Number (CIN) and the new Account Administrator will be able to designate additional individual users, if necessary, and assign permissions to them as desired.

An Applicant Company shall reveal the assigned CIN only to their supervisors, employees, or agents of the applicant company with a commercial justification for knowing the company identification number.

Internet Submissions

The Internet submission shall constitute an export control document. Such submissions shall provide the same information as a written submission. Support documentation required by Part 748 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including brochures and specifications must be attached directly to the Work Item in SNAP-R (PDF format required).

You will receive an Application Control Number (ACN) electronically. You must use this control number on all specifications and brochures submitted to support the request.

Maintenance of Records

See EAR part 762 for record keeping requirements.

Updating Account Information

Pursuant to §748.7(f) of the EAR, SNAP-R users must keep their identifying information up-to-date and accurate. Companies with SNAP-R accounts should make periodic reviews to ensure only current users have the SNAP-R Account and the Company Profile is accurate and up-to-date

Third Party Electronic Submissions

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) allows third parties to submit license applications and classification requests on behalf of exporters and re-exporters via SNAP-R. In order for third parties to be authorized to make electronic submissions via SNAP-R on behalf of another company, the third party must obtain and retain a written Authorization or Power of Attorney (POA).

The Third Party Submitter (also referred to as Other Party) will need to receive the CIN from the exporter or re-exporter on whose behalf it is submitting applications. If the exporter or re-exporter does not already have a CIN, they will need to submit a request to BIS to obtain one.

Questions About CINs

For CIN or login ID questions or to verify or reassign and account, call BIS's Outreach and Education Services Division at (202) 482-2148 for assistance.

Common Tasks

Activating a New User Account

Before logging into the SNAP-R system, you must activate your user account. While multiple individuals (all of whom are employees of the same company) may use a common CIN, each individual person who needs to access SNAP-R needs to have their own account; accounts must not be shared among users.

  1. Browse to the SNAP-R homepage (https://snapr.bis.doc.gov.)
    1. If you do not yet have a SNAP-R Company Identification Number (CIN, also referred to as Applicant ID), click on Register located under the Register for CIN section, and follow the directions. You must obtain a CIN before using SNAP-R. Note: for users of the old SNAP system, your CIN corresponds to your Applicant ID.
  2. Click on Create SNAP-R Login ID and Password (or follow the link create a Login ID and password located underneath that section).

screen shot - Registration and activation links

Registration and activation links

  1. Fill in the New User Activation Form with the appropriate values and submit it. (see New User Activation Form for details)
  2. If the New User Activation Form was successful, you will be prompted to fill out your User Profile. (see User Profile for details)
  3. Once you have completed the User Profile information, you will be automatically logged in and re-directed to the SNAP-R homepage. From now on you will be able to log in to SNAP-R using the Login ID and password you have selected.
  4. If the submission was not successful, verify your CIN is correct. If you entered it correctly but SNAP-R refused the submission, please contact technical support. (see Questions About CINs)

New User Activation Form

The New User Activation Form is used to activate a new user account for use with SNAP-R. To use this form, you must first obtain a CIN. Note for users of the old SNAP system: The original SNAP system refers to the CIN as the "Applicant ID." The CIN is a seven digit number beginning with an alphabetic character and followed by six digits.(see SNAP-R Electronic Submission)

screen shotNew User Activation Form

Sample: New User Activation Form

CIN

Enter the CIN you received during the registration process with BIS SNAP-R administration (it may be referred to as the Applicant ID). The CIN is a seven digit number beginning with an alphabetic character and followed by six digits.

PIN

PINs are no longer required in setting up user accounts. Entering a number here has no affect.

Note: This field is is no longer required and will be removed from the page

Login ID

Create and enter a Login ID. It must be between 4 and 18 characters in length and it must be unique. It should only contain letters, numbers, and/or the underscore symbol "_".

Password and Password Confirmation

Create and enter a password. You will need to enter it a second time in the Confirm Password box for verification. Please choose a strong password, keep it secure, and change it regularly.

Passwords:

A strong password:

Controls

Clicking the Activate button will submit the New User form. The system will attempt to authenticate the information you entered, create a new user account, and activate it for your use. If successful, you will be automatically logged into SNAP-R and taken to the User Profile Management page. (see User Profile Update Form)

Clicking the Back button will return you to the SNAP-R homepage and will not activate your SNAP-R account.

User Profile Update Form

Your User Profile is used by SNAP-R to pre-populate the contact information for all of the online forms. By providing information in your User Profile, you will not have to re-enter contact information for Work Item forms (unless you choose to do so). Although none of the information is required, you are strongly encouraged to provide and maintain a complete and accurate User Profile with SNAP-R.

The form below is used to update User Profile information:

screen shot User Profile Update Form

User Profile Update Form

CIN

Company Identification Number (CIN). Not editable.

First Name

Your first name on file with BIS. Note, this field is not editable. Contact BIS if you need to make a change to your name.

Last Name

Your last name on file with BIS. Note, this field is not editable. Contact BIS if you need to make a change to your name.

Phone

Enter your business voice phone number here. 18 characters maximum, extensions are accepted. Numbers 0 to 9 and hyphen "-" only.

Fax

Enter your business facsimile phone number here. 18 characters maximum. Numbers 0 to 9 and hyphen "-" only.

Email

Enter your business email address here. Although this field is not required, SNAP-R will use this email address to notify you of new messages as they become available online. You may find the convenience of receiving such notification a bonus. Your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose.

Controls

Click the Modify button to update your user profile with the changes you made in the form. Click the Cancel button to cancel any changes and return to the previous screen.

Logging In

To log into the SNAP-R system, start a web browser, and type in the following address into the location box: http://snapr.bis.doc.gov/

You will be presented with the Log In form:

Screen shot on the Login Form

Logging into SNAP-R

Enter the Login ID and password chosen during the new user activation process along with your CIN. Click Login to log into SNAP. Click Clear to clear the contents of the form.

If you cannot remember your Login ID, Password, or CIN, click on Forgot Password/Login ID/CIN(Applicant ID)? to create a new password or retrieve your IDs

For security reasons, SNAP-R allows an exporter user to log in from a single computer at any time. If an exporter user tries to log in from a second computer (or a second browser on the same computer), the following warning page will be displayed:

Screen shot 
	on the warning message for more than one active session

Confirming login

If the user clicks on the Continue Login link, the user's other SNAP-R session will be terminated (The user will not be able to access SNAP-R from the other browser without logging in again). To choose not to continue with this login, simply close this browser window by clicking the X on the browser tab or click the ALT -F4 Windows short-cut key combination to close the current page.

Assuming you entered your Login ID, password, and CIN correctly, you will be taken to the SNAP-R homepage.

User Security Questions and Answers

A new feature of SNAP-R is the ability for a user who has forgotten their Login ID (Applicant ID), Password, or CIN to Self-Help the recovery of the forgotten item. To enable the Self-Help and keep it secure, security questions and answers are used. This page lets you to make the initial choice of four security questions and provide answers to the questions or to review the four questions and answers previously securely stored. You may view your current answers by clicking Show Answers. Note, answers to questions must be unique. If you have previously selected four questions, you may select four new questions from the drop-down selection box as long as the questions are not duplicated. After answering four questions or making any changes, select Back, Submit, Refresh to go back to the previous page, submit your new security questions and answers, or refresh the screen.

Screen shot for viewing, editing users Security Questions.

Security Questions create/edit

After successfully submitting your security questions and answers, you can retrieve a forgotten password, login ID, or CIN by clicking the Forgot Password/Login ID/CIN(Application ID)? at the bottom of the Login to SNAP-R page and follow the instructions.

Forgotten Credentials Page

If you have forgotten your password but remember your login ID and your CIN, you can access the security questions, set up while registering for your SNAP-R account (or as part of the 2017 SNAP-R upgrades), to reset it by clicking on the Forgot Login ID/Password/CIN (Applicant ID)? button in the Login to SNAP-R page.

Screen shot for forgotten IDs, Password.

On the Forgot Password/Login ID/CIN(Application ID)? page, click on the Create NEW Password link. On the next screen, enter your e-mail address and Login ID and click Submit. This page also contains links for finding your Login ID and CIN. The next page to open will be the security questions page.

Screen shot for Log-in to Answer Security Questions.

Using two credentials to log in to the Security Questions page

Once you answer all four security questions correctly and Submit is clicked, your Login ID or CIN is displayed on the next page. If you had selected Forgot your Password, you will be taken to a Create a new password page. After credentials are retrieved or a new password has been created, login to SNAP-R to access the SNAP-R system.

If one or more of the security questions is answered incorrectly, a message to this affect will appear at the top of the screen; if you cannot answer the security questions correctly in three attempts, a message providing BIS's contact information and suggesting you contact us for assistance will appear. However, your account will not be locked and you may continue to try to answer the security questions.

If you have forgotten your password and do not remember your login ID and CIN, see your local SNAP-R Account Administrator first. If your local administrator is not available, send an email to snapr@bis.doc.gov or call the SNAP-R Help phone (202) 482-2227.

If you have forgotten your CIN but remember your password and login ID and have set up security questions, click on Forgot Login ID/Password/CIN (Applicant ID)? at the bottom of the SNAP-R home screen. On the "forgotten information" landing page, click on the Find CIN link. On the next screen, enter your e-mail address and login ID, and then click Submit. The next page to open will be the security questions page. Answer all four of your security questions and click Submit. If you are able to answer all four security questions correctly, you will be sent your CIN.

If you have forgotten your CIN and do not remember your password or login ID, see your SNAP-R Account Administrator, send an email to snapr@bis.doc.gov or call the SNAP-R Help phone (202) 482-2227.

If you have forgotten your Login ID but remember your password and CIN and have set up security questions, click on Forgot Login ID/Password/CIN (Applicant ID)? at the bottom of the SNAP-R home screen. On the "forgotten information" landing page, click on the find login ID link and, on the next screen, enter your e-mail address and CIN and click Submit. The next page to open will be the security questions page. Once you answer all four security questions correctly and click Submit, you will be sent your login ID.

If you have forgotten your login ID and do not remember your password and CIN, see your SNAP-R Account Administrator, send email to snapr@bis.doc.gov or call the SNAP-R Help phone (202) 482-2227.