Electronic Export Information (EEI) is the electronic data filed in the Automated Export System (AES). This information is mandated to be filed through the Automated Export System or ACE AESDirect and is an electronic declaration of merchandise leaving the U.S. for export to a foreign country. The EEI includes information about the sender and receiver of the goods, and about the goods being exported.
The EEI must be filed with shipments from the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to foreign destinations; between the U.S. and Puerto Rico; and from the U.S. or Puerto Rico to the U.S. Virgin Islands, if any of the following applies:
Shipment of merchandise under the same Schedule B commodity number is valued at more than US$2,500 and is sent from the same exporter to the same recipient on the same day. (Note: Shipments to Canada from the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.)
The shipment contains merchandise, regardless of value, that requires an export license or permit.
The merchandise is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), regardless of value.
When the shipment is self-propelled vehicles.
When export of “600 series” items enumerated in paragraphs .a through .x for a “600 series” Export Control Classification Number (ECCN).
Export under a license exception Strategic Trade Authorization (STA).
The shipment, regardless of value, is being sent to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.
The shipment contains rough diamonds, regardless of value (HTS 7102.10, 7102.21 and 7102.31).
The EEI is not required for shipments from the U.S. to Canada unless the merchandise is subject to ITAR, requires an export license or permit, or is rough diamonds or is transiting Canada. An EEI is not required for shipments to other U.S. territories (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Howland Islands and Wake Island) or from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. or the U.S. territory or Puerto Rico.
If the shipment is from:
U.S. or Puerto Rico to other U.S. Territories - NO EEI REQUIRED
U.S. Virgin Islands to U.S. Puerto Rico or other U.S. Territories - NO EEI REQUIRED
U.S. Territories to U.S. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or other U.S. Territories - NO EEI REQUIRED
Electronic Export Information Filing
For shipments going out of the United States (excluding to Canada), the U.S. Census Bureau requires Electronic Export Information (EEI) to be submitted via the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ACE Portal. The EEI is formerly known as the Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) form.
Filing is required for:
Any shipment valued over $2,500 per Schedule B or HTS code. In the majority of cases, the HTS code and Schedule B number match, so the HTS code can be used.** However, in the scenario where a shipment is valued at over $2,500 and is comprised of various commodities with several HTS codes, but none of the HTS codes have a total value of over $2,500, no EEI is required.
For shipments to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the former Pacific Trust Territories. Although these locations are not considered exports under the Export Administration Regulations, EEI filing determination needs to be made under the Foreign Trade Regulations. (Filing will not be necessary if the aggregated values by HTS code is $2,500 or below).
You can file the Electronic Export Information (EEI) electronically through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection ACE portal at AESDIRECT.Census.Gov. For more information, please refer to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. You will need to provide Shipwire the Internal Transaction Number (ITN) if you file the EEI yourself as this must appear on the Air Waybill.
All export orders that require an EEI will require you to sign our Power of Attorney form authorizing Shipwire to be your authorized EEI filer should you want Shipwire to do the filing for you. For exports of any value, you must sign our export Terms of Service Addendum.
If you want a better understanding your EEI filing requirements, you can review the Foreign Trade Regulations here.
Difference between a Schedule B and HTS code
Schedule B is the U.S.-specific code for the U.S. government to monitor U.S. exports while the HTS code is used by the U.S. government to identify an item upon import. The U.S. has harmonized Schedule B and HTS codes so that they align and can be used interchangeably. For this reason, Shipwire’s support content mainly uses the term “HTS code.”
Please note that a small portion of Schedule B codes still do not have an HTS equivalent. The HTS codes that cannot be used for EEI can be found here. If your HTS code is on this list, you’ll need to provide the schedule B number for your product.