Electronic Export Information (EEI) Changes – Are you prepared?

 In Industry Insider, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.

You may or may not be aware that the Department of Census’ Foreign Trade Regulations Division (FTR), which administers and governs the reporting of all export shipments from the United States (known as the EEI), will be releasing its annual changes to the FTR as of January 8, 2014.

This is a yearly exercise in which Census, in conjunction with other government agencies such as US Customs and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), as well as the general export community, exchange and discuss ideas about possible changes to the FTR with the aim to further redefine and simplify the export reporting rules with respect to filing exemptions, changes in definitions, and so forth.

After much discussion between all parties, the FTR division published its final rule on March 14, 2013 (a copy of the final rule can be viewed here). It is important however to note that even though this is a final ruling, with an implementation date of January 8, 2014, the FTR still has the ability to make any additional amendments to a published ruling if need be.

Below are some of the main areas where changes will be made:

  • Post Departure Filings
  • Household goods
  • Used self-propelled vehicles
  • Port of export
  • International waters
  • Additional data elements and definitions

Where can I find more information about these specific changes?
It would be beneficial to view a copy of the final ruling to in order to familiarize yourself with the new changes. In addition, if you wish to reference the FTR reporting rules, they can be always be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 15, Part 30 – Commerce and Foreign Trade.

What does this mean for me?
For those that file their own EEI through the AES System, it is recommended that you have an understanding of these changes and how they may affect your AES filings. On the other hand, if you authorize Trans-Border to file the EEI on your behalf, we will ensure that these rules changes are enforced at the time of filing should the export parameters fall under one of the changes made.

I need help! Who can I contact for assistance?
Trans-Border of course! The aim of this industry insider is to create an awareness of these new upcoming rules. It is understandable if these new changes seem difficult to grasp, but it is inevitable that the exporting community as a whole will have some questions and concerns once the new changes are implemented. Contact us with any questions you may have about these changes!

Happy filing!