On September 17, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments on its proposal “…to remove the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing requirement for shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
EEIs are currently required for these shipments, and the Census Bureau uses the data collected from these filings for its trade statistic compilations. The Census Bureau notes concerns with removing this requirement, including the loss of data on the petroleum trade between the U.S. and Puerto Rico for the Department of Energy.
The Census Bureau is seeking comments on the overall impact that the removal of this filing requirement for shipments between the U.S and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands would have on the trade community and the availability and quality of statistical data.
Details on comment submission can be found in the Federal Register Notice here: