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I ship internationally, how does Circle.us handle the customs declarations to comply with US export regulations?

All the export shipments are required to file Electronic Export Information (EEI) to the Automated Export System (AES). Automated Export System (AES) is a system maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) to collect data relating to exports from the United States to foreign entities.

The regulation states that the Electronic Export Information (EEI) must be filed by the U.S. Principal Part in Interest (USPPI), or their agent, for all commodities, excluding those explicitly exempted in the regulation, to foreign countries from any of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, Foreign Trade Zones and the Virgin Islands. EEIs must also be filed for goods moving between the U.S. and Puerto Rico and between the Virgin Islands and the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

EEIs are not required when goods are moving from the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to other U.S. Territories, unless specifically cited in the regulation.

Carriers like FedEx, DHL and UPS handle the AES filing differently; however, they all follow the AES guidelines:

  1. Shipments with customs value under $2500 can use the exemption code 30.37(a). If you ship to Canada, please use the exemption code 30.36(a). Thus no required EEI in the scenario. Circle.us will work with FedEx, DHL and UPS to handle this "under $2500" scenario. We recommend you to limit the custom value to take advantage of this exemption;
  2. Shipments valued more than $2500 might be applicable for other exemption codes. Please check here for a complete list;
  3. If no exemption code is applicable, you can register and file direct with:

            https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/aes/transitiontoace/index.html 

     4. After you receive the ITN, simply insert it into Circle.us label creation interface. By doing this you can establish the same process regardless of which carrier you ship with.

 

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    royvito

    if the international shipment value over $2500, how can we file AES when we don't know the info of FedEx/ UPS flight?

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    Lily

    Hi, royvito, an Electronic Export Information/Shipper's Export Declaration is needed when the total customs value of your shipment exceeds $2500. A $25 handling fee per shipment will be applied if you ask us to file an EEI for you as required.