Verify the EEI


By: Anna Barone

Posted by Eric on the Census Blog

If you receive a Fatal Error and Compliance Alert response message titled VERIFY, this means certain fields reported in the Electronic Export Information (EEI) must be double-checked or verified for accuracy. If you have checked the fields indicated by the response messages and everything looks good, then no further action is required. However, if the field is not correct, make the necessary changes and resubmit.

How to Handle Most Verify Messages:

  • Verify that the goods are classified under the proper Schedule B or Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Number.
  • Verify the value of the goods reported (convert foreign currencies to whole U.S. dollars).
  • Verify the quantity reported, including any conversions made to metric units such as pounds to kilograms.
  • If you identify any errors, please correct and retransmit. If the line item was verified and reported correctly, no action is necessary.

Here are two of the most common Verify messages:

  • Response Code: 8H1 – Value/Quantity 1 Out of Range – High
  • Response Code: 8L1 – Value/Quantity 1 Out of Range – Low

Are there any other Verify messages that you often receive and would like to see more information on?  The Foreign Trade Division at the U.S. Census Bureau determines the parameters for each Schedule B or HTS Number reported in the EEI. These parameters are established through analysis of historical statistical averages for the specific commodity. The Verify messages you receive are triggered if the numbers you enter fall outside of the parameters. For information on how to get these parameters changed, please see the Parameter Change Request Form.

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