The Confidentiality of Your Electronic Export Information (EEI)

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By: Sean Kline

Why is EEI collected?

The EEI is collected for two reasons. The U.S. Census Bureau collects the EEI for statistical purposes and other federal agencies, such as the Bureau of Industry and Security and the Customs and Border Protection, collect the EEI for export control and compliance purposes.

Who can view the EEI?

The EEI is confidential and used solely for official purposes authorized by the Secretary of Commerce in accordance with Title 13 United States Code section 301 (g). The EEI can only be viewed and provided to the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI), the authorized agent of the USPPI, or the carrier.

The EEI may also be provided to federal agencies for official purposes such as verification of export shipments, proof of export, statistical purposes, and other circumstances determined to be in the national interest.

Who is prohibited from viewing the EEI?

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • State and local governments
  • Nongovernmental entities or individuals other than the USPPI, USPPI authorized agent, or carrier
  • Foreign governments or individuals

Where can I get more information on EEI Confidentiality?

For more information, please read section 30.60 of the Foreign Trade Regulations and review our Frequently Asked Questions.

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