• Record of EEI Filing

    Question: My new company (the USPPI) has not been diligently obtaining copies of the EEI filings from freight forwarders. To avoid extra work pulling these records retroactively, some of them (including a major express courier) are attempting to substitute actual EEI printouts with reports in excel that do contain all the required data elements. Census […]

  • Regular exports vs EEI filings

    QUESTION: I think we are all familiar with the FTR 15 CFR Part 30 requirement related to the $2,500 value threshold and EEI filing requirements.  Only a US entity can be the USPPI in a EEI filing or if it is exporting an article that requires an export license.  If not a US entity, a broker or […]

  • Should EEI be filed per city or per country?

    QUESTION: My company ships product via vessel. We have a customer that always issues 2 BLs, one per consignee, they are the consignee on both but 2 different addresses in different cities, same port, same country. Freight forwarder has always filed 2 EEI’s, 1 per address. When trained years ago this is what was taught. […]


    QUESTION: For the following scenarios, would like to ask the membership to identify the ultimate consignee type for the EEI filing. Our EU business receives orders from customers. They then order from us.   We receive the order in the U.S., know the names of final customers, screen the customers.  We file the EEI and […]


    QUESTION: Question to export EEI filers. Our own self-audit discovered that we failed to file one EEI  out of hundreds in the last year for a $4k shipment. (One of our own staff skipped a step and failed to subtotal the schedule B codes and issued an SLI with an erroneous low-value exemption statement. The […]


    QUESTION: We export our product via ocean vessel. We use a freight forwarder to file our EEI’s. We are continuously hit on our audit for not rounding up the tons. While trying to round in Metric Tons the KG value changes and causes the error (8W1-VERIFY) SHPING WGT/QUANTITY 1 OUT OF RANGE. Is this a […]


    QUESTION: A forwarder recently filed a very late export filing for a shipment of ours. The value was well under the EEI required filing threshold.  No EEI would have been needed.  We are not certain if we should leave the filing in place or cancel it. Is there any other action that would be recommended? […]

  • EEI Filing Requirements for Delivery to Foreign-flagged Vessel Docked in U.S.

    QUESTION: Our company is located in the U.S. and we have an order from an EU customer that they want delivered to their vessel that is docked in the U.S.  The vessel is under foreign flag, so we initially assumed this is an export that requires an EEI filing. However, the customer’s freight forwarder (FF), […]


    QUESTION: Has anyone researched or see the new proposed rule a challenge when filing EEI with foreign origin items?  What are companies approach to this rule and submitting comments? *********** Answers: This has the potential to be an absolute nightmare for exporters, who today do not need to know or capture origin.  Include in your […]

  • EEI Violations- Merger and Acquisition

    QUESTION: We recently acquired a U.S. company. Upon review of export shipments since the acquisition, we discovered several shipments processed through a large courier where there was no EEI filing declared under 30.37 that did in fact require EEI Filing.  I am working on getting information on exports processed since the acquisition so we can […]

  • EEI Export Date Change

    QUESTION: When completing a Pre-departure EEI, if the actual export date changes to the following day, is it necessary to amend the EEI filing to show the new date? ************** Answers: reference the 2015 guidance below from CBP.  It does not need to be amended until it hits 5 days from original (or of course if […]

  • EEI filing – HS Code and F and D indicator

    QUESTION: If I have an HS Code with a value of $1,500 for a domestic item and $1,600 for a foreign item on the same shipment do I need to file an EEI?  If so, how is that done?  ============ Answers: You first need to determine if the Schedule B/Tariff Number are the same.   If […]