What is an EEI, and when do I need to file one?

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The Electronic Export Identifier, or EEI, is the replacement for the no-longer-accepted manual filing process known as the shipper’s export declaration or SED form. The U.S. Bureau of Census replaced the forms with this electronic process through its AES Direct website.

When to File

An EEI is required for all shipments that have a value of greater than $2,500 U.S. per single commodity, sent from one shipper to one consignee. It’s also required for shipments traveling on Export License, DOD, ITAR or DOS, or for shipments going to some destination countries such as Iraq, Afganistan or Libya, regardless of value.

For example, if you are going to ship a gift to your customers along with their product on a single air waybill, and the product is worth $10,000 U.S., then an EEI will be required. The only commodities required to be on the EEI are those valued at more than $2,500, so you would list their product, but not the gift.

You also have the option of using DHL as your EEI filing agent, where you provide information to DHL, and they process the EEI on your behalf. If you are switching from UPS or FedEx, you may be used to having them be the EEI filing agent. If you choose this option, you will need to use DHL Webship or EasyShip.

Our International Help Desk can also file an EEI on your behalf, but we’ll need your company’s tax ID the first time, and for each shipment we’ll need the commercial invoice. This allows us to easily complete shipments for you, if you prefer, or to provide you the ITN transaction number for use in PSCSHIP if you would like to process the shipment yourself.