So, what information does the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations require your business to include in the electronic export information document when shipping your products internationally?
The Electronic Export Information or (EEI) is the electronic counterpart and replacement of the paper Shipper's Export Declaration (SED). Export data may be found in one place: the EEI. The information provided by EEI files assists the U.S. Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) in enforcing export restrictions and the Census Bureau in compiling trade statistics, both of which are vital to the United States government.
Most export shipments worth more than $2,500 shipped from the same exporter to the same receiver on the same day must have electronic export information filed. This rule applies for shipments from the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to other countries and shipments from the U.S. or Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands.
Exporters should obtain a Schedule B number for the item they want to transport before exporting it out of the United States. The Schedule B number serves as a means of tracking the shipments. Any shipment containing containers or bags and items worth more than $2,500 must have the EEI filed by the seller and the ITN (International Transaction Number provided).
The ITN serves as documentation of submission and receipt of verification that the EEI was approved in the Automated Export System (AES). For the shipping company and CBP to be aware of your EEI filing, include the ITN in the contract of carriage (bills of lading) and SLI (Shipper's Letter of Instruction).
It's only necessary to submit an EEI if the total shipment worth under Schedule B exceeds $2,500, or an exporting licensing is required if you're delivering the products via the U.S. Postal Service. In such cases, take the ITN or exemption citation to the local post office and mail it. The following filing options are available when shipping through a logistics company:
If you ship through a forwarder, you have three filing options:
Any time an AES filing is necessary, EEI information must be submitted via AES. Exporters and shipping lines used to submit their EEI reports using the Census Bureau's AESDirect online portal.
CBP's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) now includes the new AES, which replaced the previous AESDirect system discontinued in April 2016. With the switch to ACE, the government hopes to simplify import and export processes while also making it easier to comply with regulations by providing a single point of contact for all business dealings.
The exporter or USPPI is generally responsible for submitting an EEI via AESDirect. In addition, the USPPI may authorize their freight forwarder or another party to draft and submit the EEI on their behalf. It is the responsibility of the Foreign Principal Party in Interest or final consignee to give written authorization or Power of Attorney for the submission of the EEI to the USPPI OR a United States Authorized Agent for routed export transactions.
According to the United States Census and AES webpages, the following information is needed for EEI filings:
AESDirect submissions for certain export transactions may also need to include conditional and data in addition to those mentioned above. In the end, the information you want is dependent on your cargo type, the goods being exported, and the recipient country.
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