FTR Exemptions

Note: A Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) exemption DOES NOT apply to any of the following:

  1. Shipments requiring an export license or permit;
  2. Shipments of rough diamonds;
  3. Commodities subject to ITAR (including ITAR exemptions);
  4. Shipments of used self-propelled vehicles;
  5. Exports under License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization (STA);
  6. Exports of "600 series" items enumerated in paragraphs .a through .x of a “600 series” Export Control Classification Number (ECCN);
  7. Shipments to countries listed in Country Group E (EAR 15 CFR 740) unless shipped under one of the exemptions for 30.37 (y) listed below. As of 10/1/13 countries are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. FedEx does not currently serve any of these countries from the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands

An Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing is required, regardless of the value or destination for any of the above circumstances. Please note the new FTR exemptions added and the three exemptions removed.

FTR Exemption


NO EEI 30.2 (d) (2)

Exclusion for shipments outbound from U.S. or U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, to the following U.S. territories: American Samoa/AS, Guam/GU, and Northern Mariana Islands/MP. Also applies to shipments from U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico or U.S.

NO EEI 30.36

Exemption for shipments originating in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico when country code is US) destined to Canada.

NOTE: Exemption DOES NOT apply to shipments sent for storage in Canada, but ultimately destined for third countries (the third country edits apply)

NO EEI 30.37 (a)

Exemption for shipments valued at USD $2,500 or less per Schedule B/HTSUSA classification for commodities shipped from one USPPI to one consignee on a single export carrier on a single day.

NO EEI 30.37 (f)

Exemption for export of technology and software as defined in EAR 15 CFR 772 that does not require an export license.

NOTE: EEI is required for mass-market software, which is defined as software that is generally available to the public by being sold at retail selling points, or directly from the software developer or supplier, by various means (i.e., over-the-counter, mail-order, telephone, electronic) and designed for installation by the user without further substantial technical support by the developer or supplier.

NO EEI 30.37 (g)

Shipments of books, maps, charts, pamphlets and similar articles to foreign libraries, government establishments, or similar institutions.

NO EEI 30.37 (h)

Shipments as authorized under License Exception GFT for gift parcels and  humanitarian donations (15 CFR 740.12 (a) and 9b))

NO EEI 30.37 (i)

Exemption for diplomatic pouches and their contents.

NO EEI 30.37 (j)

Exemption for human remains and accompanying receptacles and flowers.

NO EEI 30.37 (k)

Exemption for shipments of interplant correspondence, executed invoices and other documents of company business records from a U.S. firm to its subsidiary or affiliate. (This excludes highly technical plans, correspondence, etc. that could be licensed).

NO EEI 30.37 (o)

Exemption of shipments of aircraft parts, equipment, provisions and supplies for use on aircraft by a U.S. airline to its own installation and aircraft. [EAR license exception (AVS) for aircraft and vessels 15 CFR 740.15(c).]

NO EEI 30.37 (q)

Exemption of temporary exports, whether shipped or hand carried (e.g. carnets) that are exported from or returned to the U.S. in less than one year (12 months) from date of export

NO EEI 30.37 (r)

Exemption of goods previously imported under Temporary Import Bond for return in the same condition as when imported.

NO EEI 30.37 (s)

Exemption for banknotes and securities, and coins in circulation exported as evidence of financial claims. EEI must be filed for unissued bank notes and securities and coins not in circulation (such as bank notes printed in the U.S. and exported in fulfillment of the printing contract, or as parts of collections) which should be reported at their commercial or current value.

NOTE: FedEx can only transport these commodities as an exception shipment with Legal approval until such time as they are removed from the Prohibited Items List.

NO EEI 30.37 (t)

Exemption of documents used in international transactions, documents moving out of the U.S. to facilitate international transactions including airline tickets, internal revenue stamps, liquor stamps and advertising literature.

NO EEI 30.37 (u)

Exports of technical data and defense service exemptions as cited in 22 CFR 123.22 (b) (3) (iii) of the ITAR

NO EEI 30.37 (v)

Vessels, locomotives, aircraft, rail cars, trucks, other vehicles, trailers, pallets, cargo vans, lift vans, or similar shipping containers not considered “shipped” in terms of the regulations in this part, when they are moving, either loaded or empty, without transfer of ownership or title, in their capacity as carriers of goods or as instruments of such carriers.

NO EEI 30.37 (w)

Shipments to Army Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office or Fleet Post Office

NO EEI 30.37 (x)

Shipments exported under license exception Baggage (BAG) (15 CFR 740.14)

NO EEI 30.37 (y)

The following types of shipments destined for a country listed in Country Group E;1 as set forth in Supplement No. 1 to 15 CFR part 740 are not required to be filed in the AES:
(1) Shipments of published books, software, maps, charts, pamphlets, or any other similar media available for general distribution, as described in 15 CFR 734.7 to foreign libraries, or similar institutions.
(2) Shipments to U.S. government agencies and employees that are lawfully exported under License Exception GOV (15 CFR 740.11).
(3) Personal effects as described in 15 CFR 740.14 (b) (1) being lawfully exported under License Exception BAG (15 CFR 740.14)
(4) Individual gift parcels and humanitarian donations being lawfully exported under License Exception GFT (15 CFR 740.12 (a) and (b)
(5) Vessels and aircraft lawfully leaving the U.S. for temporary sojourn to or in a Country Group E;1 country under License Exception AVS (15 CFR 740.15)
(6) Tools of trade that will be used by a person traveling to a Country Group E;1 destination, that will be returned to the U.S. within one year and that are lawfully being exported to a Country Group E;1 destination under License Exception BAG (15 CFR 740.14) or License Exception TMP (15 CFR 740.9 (a))

NO EEI 30.39

Special exemption for shipments consigned to the U.S. Armed Services for their exclusive use, including shipments to armed services exchange systems.

NOTE: Exemption DOES NOT apply to shipments not consigned to the U.S. Armed Services, regardless of whether they may be for their ultimate use.

NO EEI 30.40 (a)

Special exemption for office furniture, office equipment, and office supplies shipped to and for the exclusive use of U.S. government offices.

NO EEI 30.40 (b)

Special exemption for household goods and personal property shipped to and for the exclusive and personal use of U.S. government employees.

NO EEI 30.40 (c)

Special exemption for food, medicines, and related items and other commissary supplies shipped to U.S. government offices or employees for the exclusive use of such employees, or to U.S. government employee cooperatives or other associates for subsequent sale or other distribution to such employees.

NO EEI 30.40 (d)

Special exemption for books, maps, charts, pamphlets and similar articles shipped by U.S. government offices to U.S. or foreign libraries, government establishment, or similar institutions.

The following exemptions are no longer valid and were removed from the Foreign Trade Regulations. The below FTR exemptions cannot be used after Jan. 8, 2013:

FTR Exemption


NO EEI 30.37 (e)

Exemption for shipments transported in-bond through the U.S. for export to a third country and exported from another U.S. port or transshipped and exported directly from the Port of arrival never having made entry into the U.S.

Note: Other FTR exemptions not listed are not applicable for shipping under an air waybill.