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Electronic Export Information (EEI)
Documentation is required when the value of the commodity classified under each individual Schedule B number is over $2,500.

Electronic Export Information (EEI)

How to Submit Your EEI 

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. The exporter is responsible for preparing the EEI and the carrier files it with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and within that, AES Direct.

For more information on how to file EEI electronically, click on ACE AESDirect-Resources, and the U.S. Census Bureau website

Key Considerations:

  • Prior to exporting, the exporter should acquire the Schedule B number for the commodity they intend to export. The Schedule B number must be reported in the AES to identify the goods being exported. This number can be obtained from the Census Bureau at 1-800-549-0595, option 2.
  • If the exporter is sending baggage or containers with their personal or household goods valued over $2,500 to a foreign destination, other than Canada, they must file the EEI and provide the ITN to the carrier in accordance with the timeline.
  • 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. The exporter should submit the ITN or exemption citation to the post office.                              

There are instances when the EEI is not required, such as the following examples:

  • Exporters sending shipments in which the ultimate destination is Canada, as long as the goods are not licensed or contain rough or uncut diamonds, or shipments to U.S. possessions (i.e. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Midway Island, Wake Island and American Samoa). However, if the shipments ultimate destination is the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico the EEI must be filed. For additional exemptions, see the FTR Sections 30.36-30.40.

Source: U.S. Customs & Border Protection