By: Clara Santiago
The Caribbean is an excellent place to spend the rainy days of spring. Don’t let your vacation be ruined by not being able to take your recently purchased goods with you!
If your shipment is leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands and coming back into the United States, what do you file and when? This will depend on the purpose and the value. Take a look at the table below for guidance.
If your goods are moving from USVI to a foreign country then you must file in the Automated Export System (AES) all licensed commodities regardless of value and all commodities valued over $2,500 per Schedule B. However, if your commodity has a value of $2,500 or less, pursuant the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), you must declare that you are exempt from filing Electronic Export Information (EEI) in the AES by writing exemption legend “No EEI FTR 30.37(a)” on your shipping documents, which references the application section in the FTR.
Note: Rough diamonds shipments must be declared regardless of value.
For more information, call the Foreign Trade Division at 1-800-549-0595 Option 3.