Electronic Export Information (EEI)

What it's about
Electronic Export Information (EEI), formerly known as the Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED), is used for compiling official U.S. export statistics and to enforce U.S. export laws. By law, all EEI filing records must be retained for five years from the date of export.

When it's required
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 from the U.S. to Canada are exempt from this requirement.)

  • The shipment contains merchandise, regardless of value, that requires an export license or permit. (To determine if your shipment requires a license, go to the U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Industry and Security.)

  • The merchandise is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), regardless of value. (For more information about ITAR, go to the U.S. Department of State.)

  • The shipment, regardless of value, is being sent to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.

  • The shipment contains rough diamonds, regardless of value (7102.10, 7102.21 and 7102.31).
When it's not required 
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.

  • Shipments from the U.S. to the following U.S. territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Howland Islands and Wake Island.

  • Shipments from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
Options for filing
If your shipment requires EEI data, you have several options for meeting new U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations requirements for electronic filing of the EEI.

  • You can self-file EEI directly to the U.S. Census Bureau’s AESDirect Web site, a free Internet application supported by the U.S. Census Bureau that allows you or your authorized agent to transmit EEI to the Automated Export System (AES).

  • You can connect to AESDirect using a FedEx Ship Manager® electronic shipping solution with AESWebLink. Based on the information you enter during your shipping transaction, the FedEx Ship Manager solution may notify you that EEI is required. If it is, you can connect to the AESDirect Web site to submit the required information. You will receive an AES proof-of-filing citation — which is an internal transaction number (ITN) — via e-mail to enter in the appropriate field on your FedEx Ship Manager solution’s processing screen.

  • Using FedEx Export AgentFile®, you can authorize FedEx — either electronically or via fax — to file an EEI on your behalf. A filing fee and certain limitations apply. For more information about FedEx Export AgentFile and about filing the EEI, go to fedex.com/us/eei.
At www.census.gov, access and watch videos from the U.S. Census Bureau that step you through everything you need to know concerning filing the EEI with the Automated Export System — from what shipments require it to registering for and filing with AESDirect to proof-of-filing citations.

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