Electronic Export Information (EEI) | DocsName zone (2023)

Electronic Export Information (EEI) is the electronic record and documentation of goods being exported from the United States (US) to a foreign country. EEI filing is required when one or more items in a shipment are worth more than $2,500. An “article” is identified by a harmonized code (Code SA), which means that multiple items with the same HS code count as one item for EEI filing purposes. EEI declarations are filed online with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP uses EEI data to enforce customs laws on higher value shipments.

Terms to know:

  • Automated Export System (AES)- AES is a computer system that collectsElectronic Export Information (EEI). In many cases theleyrequires you to report EEI for goods exported from the United States and its territories.

  • Electronic Export Information (EEI)- EEI, formerly known as "Shippers Export Declaration" (SED), is the electronic presentation of goods exported from the United States over US$ 2,500 via AES.

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  • Internal transaction number (ITN)- An ITN number is provided when submitting an EEI application through the AES system or the carrier's agent file application process.

    • The ITN begins with an "X" and consists of the year, month, and day of acceptance, followed by a random six-digit transaction number. For example, the ITN provided for an AES login accepted on January 1, 2021 would look like this: AES X20210101999999 (14 digits after the "X").

When is an ERA required?

An ERA is required in the following situations:

  • When a single item (by HS code) exceeds $2,500 in value and is not going to Canada

  • If an export license is required for a product (due to the product and/or country of destination)

    • View a list of items that require an export licenseHere
  • When a shipment goes to China, Russia or Venezuela, regardless of the amount

  • If the goods are on the list of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

ITAR is a set of US government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related goods and services on the US Ammunition List. When you use Zonos to generate shipping labels, the software prompts you to send an EEI when necessary.

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How to file an EEI

You can file an EEI online atCBP's ACE System. You must create an account if you don't already have one. Visit the Census Bureau website for registration instructions. The census also providesStep-by-step instructions for submission.

Major carriers offer an "agent file" that allows the exporter to file an EEI with the carrier acting as their agent for registration purposes. Check out the following resources:




When does an EEI occur?

Most US companies must applyBeforethe departure of the expedition. "Prior to departure" means that the shipper/shipper must have the EEI registration number before the courier company picks up the shipment. The EEI-ITN is included on the shipping label. The EEI submission deadlines are as follows:

  • Non-ITAR shipments: Up to two hours before departure
  • ITAT broadcasts: up to eight hours before departure

When is an ERA not necessary?

Here are some of the more common circumstances in which an ERA is not required:

(Video) Routed VS. Non-Routed Exports

  • Shipments under $2,500 based on your HS code

    • Example A:A shipment contains two items classified under two different HS code numbers:

      • Item A with code SH 1 has a value of $500
      • Item B with HS code 2 has a value of $3,000

In this example, the exemption in 30.37(a) only applies to Item A. An EEI filing must be obtained for Item B, as it is greater than $2,500 per HS Code.

  • Example B:A shipment consists of three $700 items classified under the same HS code, the total value is $2,100, and the items are not subject to government agency approvals or require EEI registration under US export laws or regulations.

In this example, the exception to 30.37(a) applies and EEI registration is not required.

  • shipping from the US to Canada,unless the goods meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • Subject to US Department of State ITAR.
    • Requires an export license or authorization
    • Including diamonds in the rough
    • Transit through Canada
  • Shipments from the US or Puerto Rico to other US territories (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Howland Islands and Wake Island)

  • Shipping from the US Virgin Islands to the US, US Territories or Puerto Rico

AES/FTR Exception Code Legend

See the table below for the AES/FTR exception codes that classify why a shipment is exempt from sending EEI. Retailers can enter these codes through their shipping system.

These codes do not apply to shipments that:

  • You need an export license/permit
  • Shipped for storage in Canada but destined for a third country
  • Contains rough diamonds
  • Contains goods controlled by the USML by the ITAR
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NOEEI 30.2(d)(1)Goods shipped through the United States, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands on CBP bond from one foreign country or territory to another if such goods do not enter US channels of consumption.
NOEEI 30.2(d)(2)Goods shipped from US territories and goods shipped between the US and US territories do not require an EEI registration
NOEEI 30.2(d)(4)Merchandise shipped to or from the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba and the United States
NOEEI 30.36Shipments to Canada not controlled by BIS, state/ITAR or other licensing regulations
NOEEI 30.37(a)Values ​​of assets assigned to a personAnnex B or HTSCode is less than $2,501 and is not controlled by a US Government Export License/Permit or ITAR Waiver
NOEEI 30.37(c)Shipments from one point in the United States to another point in the United States on routes through Canada or Mexico
NOEEI 30.37(d)Shipments from one point in Canada or Mexico via the US to another point in the same country on routes through the US.
NOEEI 30.37(f)Exports of technology and software under 15 CFR Part 772 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) that do not require an export license are exempt from AES requirements.
NOEEI 30.37(g)Books, maps, charts, brochures, and similar items shipped by US government agencies to US or foreign libraries, government agencies, or similar entities pursuant to Section 15 CFR 30.40(d).
NOEEI 30.37 (h)Shipments other than licensed shipments permitted by the "GFT" humanitarian contribution license and gift packaging exception (see EAR 15 CFR Section 740.12 for details)
NOEEI 30.37(i)Any properly identified/sealed bag, parcel, envelope, purse or other container used to transport official correspondence/documents for use between embassies/consulates and a government office abroad
NOEEI 30.37(j)Human remains and associated appropriate vases and flowers.
NOEEI 30.37(k)Shipments of inter-factory correspondence and other corporate documents from a US corporation to its subsidiary or affiliate (except highly technical plans, etc., which may be licensed)
NOEI 30.37(l)Pet shipments as baggage, accompanied or unaccompanied, by persons leaving the United States, including ship and aircraft crews
NOEEI 30,37(m)Carriers not shipped under a bill of lading or air waybill
NOEEI 30.37(n)Dunnage not shipped under a bill of lading or air waybill as defined in 30.37(n).
NOEEI 30.37(o)Shipments of aircraft parts/equipment for use in aircraft by a US airline for its own facilities, aircraft, and foreign agents under the aircraft and vessel "AVS" EAR license exception (see 15CFR740.15(c))
NOEEI 30.37(s)Banknotes, securities and coins issued in circulation exported as proof of financial claims

AES filing is required for unissued notes, securities and coins that are not in circulation

NOEEI 30.37 (h)Documents used in international transactions and used in the United States to facilitate international transactions, including airline tickets, national tax stamps, liquor stamps, and promotional literature
NOEEI 30.37 (h)Technical Data Exports and Defense Services Exemptions Pursuant to ITAR Section 22 CFR 123.22(b)(3)(iii)
NOEEI 30.37(v)Vessels, aircraft, and other vehicles, trailers, pallets, or similar shipping containers that are not considered “shipped” for FTR purposes when moving as carriers or as instruments of such carriers
NOEEI 30.37(w)Shipments through Army Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office or Fleet Post Office
NOEEI 30.37(x)Shipments made under a Baggage Exception License (BAG) (15 CFR 740.14).
NOEEI 30.37(a)(1)Shipments to a destination in the E1 country group as in Supplement #1 to EAR 740 do not need to be filed with AES: books, maps, charts, brochures, and the like for foreign libraries, government agencies, or similar institutions
NOEEEI 30.37(a)(2)Shipments to a destination in the E1 Group of countries, such as Supl. #1 to EAR 740, do not need to be sent in AES: Shipments to US Government Agencies/Employees Schedule B/HTS
NOEEEI 30.37(a)(3)Shipments to a destination in the E1 Country Group as in Supplement #1 for EAR 740 do not need to be shipped in AES: Personal effects under EAR 740.14(b)(1) lawfully exported under BAG License EAR Exception (15 CFR 740)
NOEEEI 30.37(a)(4)Shipments to a destination in the E1 Country Group as in Supplement #1 to EAR 740 do not need to be shipped in AES: Legally Exported Gift Packages and Humanitarian Donations under the EAR "GFT" License Exception (15 CFR 740.12) .
NOEEEI 30.37(a)(5)Shipments to a destination in the E1 country group as in Supplement #1 to EAR 740 do not need to be shipped in the AES: Ships and aircraft legally leaving the U.S. to stop in a country in the E1 group of countries. E1 countries.
NOEEEI 30.37(a)(6)Shipments to a destination in the E1 Country Group as in Supplement #1 for EAR 740 do not need to be shipped in AES: Tools of the trade legally exported by a traveler and returned to the US within 1 year by exception BAG or TMP license
NOEEI 30.39Deliveries to US forces. Does not apply to USML/ITAR controlled products supplied for use by and not by the US military.
NOEEI 30.40(a)Office furniture, equipment, and supplies shipped to and for the exclusive use of US government employees.
NOEEI 30.40(b)Household goods and personal effects shipped to and for the exclusive and personal use of US government employees.
NOEI 30.40(c)Groceries, drugs, commissions and related supplies shipped to US government offices, employees, employee cooperatives/associations for the exclusive use of such employees or for other distribution to such employees.

Frequent questions

How does Zonos accept or handle ISS shipments?

The filing of the EEI is the responsibility of the sender. Zonos does not process EEI shipments. The shipper must present the EEI to the carrier through Agent Filing. When printing labelspanel, Zonos offers the option of providing the ITN number to the operator. Zonos will not prevent the creation of labels and it is your responsibility to ensure that EEI submission is handled for applicable shipments.

(Video) Filing a Shipment in AESDirect - Video #5

The filing of the EEI is the responsibility of the sender. Zonos does not process EEI shipments. The shipper must present the EEI to the carrier through Agent Filing. When printing labelsPanel Zones, Zonos offers the option of providing the ITN number to the operator. Zonos will not prevent the creation of labels and it is your responsibility to ensure that EEI submission is handled for applicable shipments.



How do I correct my EEI filing? ›

Yes. Corrections, cancellations, or amendments to the EEI should be transmitted to the Automated Export System (AES) as soon as they are identified. If you are having problems correcting an AES error, contact the Data Collection Branch at (800) 549-0595, option 1 or via email at itmd.askaes@census.gov.

How do I find my FedEx EEI number? ›

  1. Find EEI information at FedEx® Global Trade Manager.
  2. Contact AES online or call the AES Call Center at 1.800. 549.0595.

What is the export information for an EEI? ›

An EEI is filed through the Census Bureau's Automated Export System (ACE AESDirect ). The EEI includes information about the sender and receiver of the goods, and about the goods being exported, including an export control classification number (ECCN or USML Category).

What is the EEI filing requirement? ›

The Electronic Export Information (EEI) is required documentation when the value of the commodity classified under each individual Schedule B number is over $2,500 or if a validated export license is required to export the commodity.

What is the penalty for failure to file EEI? ›

EEI that is filed after CBP discovers and communicates the violation to the exporter is also considered failure to file. The penalty for late filing is $1,100.00 per day up to a maximum of $10,000.00 and possible imprisonment for up to five years.

What does no EEI 30.37 A mean? ›

NO EEI 30.37(a): Shipments valued at $2,500 or less. (This is per Schedule B classification for commodities shipped from one USPPI to one consignee on a single carrier).

What is EEI used for FedEx? ›

This rule mandates electronic filing of all shipments requiring Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) information through the Automated Export System (AES) by the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) or its authorized agent. SED information filed to AES will now be known as Electronic Export Information (EEI).

What is the 9 digit shipper number for FedEx? ›

Your account number is the nine-digit number on the top right corner of your invoice. If you don't have any invoices handy or you can't view them on FedEx® Billing Online, please contact us. A FedEx representative will go through some security steps with you before providing your account number.

How do I get an IEC code for FedEx? ›

  1. How to submit IEC Code application. Application can be submitted in person/by Authorised represenative of the Company at the R & I counters in the regional offices of DGFT or it can be sent by post/courier.
  2. Processing of IEC Code Application. ...
  3. Issue and Despatch of IEC Code.

Does your shipment require an EEI filing? ›

If the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) is sending goods through the U.S. Postal Service, they are required to file the EEI only if the entire shipment is valued over $2,500 per Schedule B or if it requires an export license.

How can I know my export details? ›

You can check the status of export and import licences on the ICEGATE - e-commerce portal of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Exporters and importers may either enter their licence number or file name in the search space for checking the status.

What information is needed to export? ›

Some of the most common documents include bills of lading, invoices and licenses. Proper documentation is critical to the import/export process. Familiarizing yourself with all of the documentation needed for imports and exports can be difficult.

Will IRS forgive late filing penalties? ›

The IRS can abate penalties for filing and paying late if there is reasonable cause. Generally, interest charges may not be abated and continue to accrue until all assessed tax, penalties, and interest are paid in full. The law does provide exceptions for allowing abatement or suspension of interest.

How much does EEI cost? ›

EEI Online Fees – Summer 2023: Application Fee: $85 due when online application is submitted.

How much does UPS charge for EEI filing? ›

UPS can file the AES information on behalf of the shipper for a $12.50 fee. The shipper must supply all necessary information for the filing, including their EIN number, License/License Exemption/License Exception and Export Control Classification Number (ECCN).

What countries require an EEI? ›

Effective June 29, 2020, U.S. exports destined for China (CN), Russia (RU) and Venezuela (VE) will require an EEI to be filed in the Automated Export System (AES), regardless of value. The EEI filing must include the correct Export Control Classification Number (ECCN).

Are all FedEx account numbers 9 digits? ›

A FedEx account number is nine digits and serves as your customer number that registers your information.

What carrier has a 9 digit tracking number? ›

What if I'm getting different X12 214 formats for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground? With the release of the nine-digit GSN, you will have only one option for receiving this data: the FedEx Express nine-digit format.

How many digits is a FedEx shipper number? ›

FedEx has a powerful advanced information system where we upload data about your shipment as it moves through our network. All you need is the 12-digit package tracking number.

Can I import without IEC code? ›

Import Export Code or IE Code is required for every person, firm, company, or entity engaged in export business in India. IE Code is provided by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) as required under the Foreign Trade Policy. No person is allowed to export or import goods without obtaining IE Code.

Is it easy to get IEC code? ›

Both registered and unregistered organisations can apply for the IEC and receive the code within 10-15 working days. If you have a GST number, then you won't need to worry about getting a different IEC code.

Is IEC mandatory for all shipments? ›

According to Foreign Trade Policy of India, IEC is compulsory for import and /or exports.

What are the requirements for importing electronics? ›

Electronics specifically must be marked to affirm that they comply with all technical standards, which includes an certification or declaration from the FCC, and an optional additional quality certification from UL. All electronic imports must also be accompanied by required technical diagrams and risk assessments.

What is 3 requirements or basic documents that you need when you import and export? ›

Required documents

Bill of lading; Import Permit; Customs Import Declaration; and. Certificate of Origin.

What document is required for every shipment? ›

Bill of lading

The bill of lading (BL or BoL) is a legal export trade document between the person shipping and the shipping company. It contains everything the shipping company needs to know to be able to get the goods to the right destination in optimal conditions.

What should my export settings be? ›

In general, these are the best video export settings for most applications: Format: H.264 (.mp4) Frame rate: Match the frame rate of the source video. Frame size: 1920 x 1080 for HD, 3840 x 2160 for 4K.

What are the export information codes? ›

Export Information Code This code identifies the type of export shipment or conditions of the exported items (i.e. goods donated for relief or charity, impelled shipments, shipments under the Foreign Military Sales program, household goods, all other shipments).

What is export code number? ›

IEC or Importer Exporter Code is a unique 10-digit alpha numeric code issued on the basis of PAN of an entity. Question: Why is IEC required? To import or export in India, IEC Code is mandatory. No person or entity shall make any Import or Export without IEC Code Number, unless specifically exempted.

What export documents are required for the USA? ›

Your shipment, if destined for formal entry, will require the following documents and information:
  • Commercial invoice. ...
  • NAFTA Certificate of Origin. ...
  • Importer ID Number. ...
  • Bill of lading or airway bill. ...
  • Entry manifest. ...
  • Entry/immediate delivery. ...
  • Harmonized System Tariff Classification (HS code) ...
  • Other documents.
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What is not required for export? ›

Letter of credit is an instrument issued by bank after request made by a foreign buyer that payment will be made to the exporter i.e. the beneficiary. It is useful where buyers and sellers do not know each other personally and are separated by distance. Hence, it is not required for obtaining an export license.

Can you amend an export declaration? ›

HMRC extends period allowed to amend export declarations

HMRC will allow amendments up to 3 years after the original export declaration was cleared.

Does UPS charge to file EEI? ›

Choose one of these EEI-filing options with UPS: Self-file, free of charge, at ACE. Print an EEI from a UPS shipping system, such as WorldShip®, Internet Shipping, or UPS CampusShip®. Provide your own company's printed EEI or a completed commercial invoice.

Who is responsible for filing EEI? ›

Who Can File the EEI? There are three parties that can file the EEI data with AES: the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI), the USPPI's authorized agent or the authorized agent of the Foreign Principal Party in Interest (FPPI). The USPPI is typically the U.S. exporter, and the FPPI is typically the foreign buyer.

What is acceptable proof of export? ›

You will be issued with a certificate of shipment by the freight forwarder, often supported by an authenticated photocopy of the original bill of lading, a sea waybill or a house air waybill. Where such consignments are being exported, the forwarder is usually shown as the consignor in the shipping documents.

What can be used as proof of export? ›

What key shipping documents do I need for export?
  • Export declaration.
  • Commercial invoice.
  • Air waybill.
  • Packing list.
  • Export license.
  • Certificate of origin.

What are 5 ways that things could go wrong when exporting? ›

Below are common challenges faced by companies who choose to export their products and their respective solutions.
  • Unclear Logistical Business Planning. ...
  • Inexperience With Border Control And Distribution Laws. ...
  • Understanding Legalities For Each Market. ...
  • Financial Risk In Currency Exchange Rates.
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2. NEI Webinar | October 23, 2013 - Practical Examples of EEI Filings for Export Control Reform
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3. Automated Export System - Your Free Tools of the Trade, AESDirect and AESPcLink
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5. Creating Bookings in Magaya Software for Exports
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6. Automated Export System The ABCs of AES Module 1
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