Businesses that frequently import and export construction equipment across the United States and Canada border will have an extra step to take once the upcoming Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) export requirements are implemented. Beginning April 5, all exporters will be required to file additional Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) for all exports of used self-propelled vehicles, including forklifts, bulldozers, excavators and many others. For countries other than Canada, EEI filing has been required only for these types of vehicles valued in excess of $2,500. Now, EEI filing will be required for all used self-propelled vehicles, regardless of value. 

Following are guidelines for U.S. companies that import or export equipment to keep in mind.

Plan Ahead
For U.S. companies exporting used self-propelled vehicles to Canada, U.S. Customs will require proof that EEI has been filed through the AES when the usual used vehicle export documentation is presented for review 72 hours prior to export. The U.S. Customs vehicle export team at the planned port of export should be contacted for applicable details.

Exporters that do not provide proof that EEI has been filed will face repercussions, such as having their equipment detained by U.S. Customs at the border until the documentation is filed, and the possibility of a fine up to $10,000. 

Evaluate Temporary Shipments

Companies that are temporarily importing or exporting equipment into or from the United States with a value of more than $2,500 will be required to file EEI through the AES prior to export.

Until now, temporary shipments have been exempt from filing EEI prior to export, regardless of country or value. Starting April 5, temporary shipments of more than $2,500 in value will require EEI filing prior to export,with the exception of Canada. The Canada exemption from filing will stay in effect unless the export is a used self-propelled vehicle.

Partner With an International Freight Forwarding Company
In addition to these FTR changes, construction companies that import and export equipment internationally are subject to multiple regulations of which they might not even be aware. It is essential for construction firms to protect their investment by aligning with partners that have the expertise to navigate global freight forwarding. A partner that focuses on customs and trade compliance can save businesses millions by helping them avoid fines or delays, and accomplishing a level of predictability within the supply chain.

International freight forwarding companies can help ease the hassle caused by new regulations by processing export documentations on the company’s behalf. By working with a highly skilled freight forwarding expert with global experience, construction companies can be confident that their shipments will arrive on time, allowing them to put the focus on operating their business. 

Neal Carman is a regulatory advisor for Livingston International. For more information, visit