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Visual diagram: how to fill out an Electronic Export Information (EEI) in ACE AESDirect

  1. From the ACE Main Menu, select the Accounts tab
  2. In the Task Selector panel, Select the Exporter View and click on
  3. Select Submit AESDirect Filings
  4. To begin filing a shipment, select the green “Create Export Filing” button
  5. Complete the Shipping Information section
    • Mode of Transportation - The method by which goods are exported from the United States. For shipments sent through USPS, the Mode of Transportation will be “Mail”
    • Departure Date - The date when goods are scheduled to leave the Port of Export
    • Original ITN - The ITN associated with a previously filed shipment that is replaced or divided and for which additional shipment(s) must be filed
    • Shipment Reference Number - A unique identification number assigned to the shipment by the filer for reference purposes (reuse of SRN is prohibited)
    • Origin State - When you begin typing in a field, the system will allow you to choose the selection from the drop-down menu
    • Filing Option - The filing system will autofill the Filing Option as “Predeparture”
    • Port of Unloading - The port in a foreign country where the goods are removed from the exporting carrier
  6. Complete the Parties Information section
    • ID Number Type - Select either Employer Identification Number (EIN), DUNS, or Foreign Entity ID (ex: passport number)
    • Postal Code - When you enter the Postal Code the system will auto-complete the City and State fields
    • ID Number - If ID number Type is EIN, the ID Number will be the Employer Identification Number received from the IRS
    • Address Line 1 - The address or location (not post office box number) from which the goods actually begin the journey to the port of export
    • Company Name - If sending as an individual (not part of a company), the Company Name will be your name
  7. Complete the Parties Information (Ultimate Consignee) section; (The Ultimate Consignee is the person, party of designee that is located abroad and actually receives the export shipment. This party may be the end-user or Foreign Principal Party in Interest)
    • ID Number Type - ID Number Type and ID Number are optional for Ultimate Consignee. They can be left blank
    • Consignee Type - Select a Consignee Type from the options. For more details of each option, select the Information button
  8. Complete the Parties Information (Intermediate Consignee) section if there is a person or entity in the foreign country that acts as an agent for the principal party in interest with the purpose of effecting delivery of items to the Ultimate Consignee
  9. Complete the Parties Information (Freight Forwarder) if there is a person in the U.S. who is authorized by the principal party in interest to file the EEI. If the USPPI is filing, there is not a Freight Forwarder. There is only a carrier.
  10. Complete the Commodities Information section
    • 1st UOM - 1st UOM will autofill based on the Schedule B or HTS Number. If UOM is “X” then no units are required so leave 1st Quantity blank
    • License Type Code/License Exemption Code - For shipments to Iran, please contact the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). They will provide the required License Type Code and Export License Number
    • Schedule B or HTS Number - The Schedule B Search Engine will help you correctly classify the commodity
    • 2nd Quantity/2nd UOM - 2nd quantity and 2nd UOM may become required depending on the Schedule B/HTS selected
  11. Complete the Transportation Information section if the Mode of Transportation is Vessel, Rail, Truck, or Air
  12. Click “Submit Filing” on the bottom-right corner

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Shipping to Iran from the United States

Let NIAC know if your shipment has been rejected by USPS

Since late 2017, NIAC has received reports from Iranian Americans who had lawful shipments to Iran turned away by the U.S. Postal Service ("USPS"). NIAC, working closely with the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, requested clarification on this issue in January 2018 and received notice from the relevant agencies that USPS would be directed to process such shipments.

However, we have since learned that many individuals in the Iranian-American community continue to struggle to ship gifts and other items to family members and friends in Iran. To help our community stay in touch with friends and family in Iran, NIAC has created the following guide to help our community understand the requirements for shipping and mailing items to Iran while we work on forging a more lasting solution with the relevant U.S. agencies regarding lawful shipments to Iran.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice and is solely for general information purposes. Because most transactions with Iran are prohibited under U.S. trade sanction laws and regulations administered by the United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, we urge readers to contact an attorney to obtain legal counsel prior to sending items to Iran...

Mailing Items to Iran

In the event that you need to mail something to Iran that is subject to U.S. licensing requirements:

  1. You will need an Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal Account.
    • ACE is the system through which the trade community reports imports and exports and the government determines admissibility. It is where the EEI is filed out.
  2. You will also need a passport number or Employer Identification Number (EIN).
    • An EIN can be obtained by applying through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the link above or by using the IRS’s Form SS-4.
  3. Preparing your shipment: Submit all required information about your shipment via the Census Bureau’s AESDirect website.
    • See the following page for detailed instructions on completing the EEI if you need assistance on specific fields.
  4. After you have successfully filed your electronic export information, you will receive an Internal Transaction Number (ITN) as confirmation of your filing. The ITN starts with an “X” and has 14 digits.
    • The ITN (Internal Transaction Number) is a confirmation number that proves a shipment has been accepted by AES. This number is unique for every shipment and must be provided to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the port of export.