EDIFACT

United Nations Rules for EDI Administration.

ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE

The exchange of data or information via an electronic medium.

ENCRYPTION ITEMS

Items used to encrypt messages. 

END USER

1)  The ultimate user of a good or commodity.  2) A consignee that uses items “as is” (e.g., as capital equipment), or incorporates them as integral parts, components or materials in the production of other commodities.

END USE STATEMENT

An affidavit that a purchaser may be required to submit to acknowledge that goods will not be re-sold or used for purposes other than those for which they are intended.

ENHANCED PROLIFERATION CONTROL INITIATIVE

Foreign policy control requiring an Individual Validated License if the exporter knows or is informed that a commodity is destined to be used in a missile related activity.

ELECTRONIC REQUEST FOR ITEM CLASSIFICATION

A supplementary service to ELAIN to allow the electronic submission of commodity classification requests to the Bureau of Export Administration.

EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

A unique number given to employers by the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes.  

EMBARGO

Legislation passed by a government that prevents imports or exports from a certain country.  

 

ENTRY

The process for getting imported merchandise released from the Customs Service.

EUROPEAN UNION

A Customs Union consisting of 15 countries: Austria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany.  

EUROPEAN FREE TRADE AREA

A trading bloc comprised of Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.

EX

Prefix meaning "out of" or "from", used with noun of location.  Means all transportation charges and risks of loss/damage are chargeable to buyer when goods are delivered to carrier of "ex" location.

EXCHANGE BILL OF LADING 

A Bill of Lading issued in exchange for another Bill of Lading.

EXCISE TAX

A tax imposed on the sale of certain goods such as: alcohol, tobacco, and minerals.

EXEMPT CARRIER 

For-hire motor carrier exempt from federal, state or local regulations.

EXPEDITING

Moving shipments through regular channels at an accelerated rate.

EXPIRATION NOTICE

A notice in a tariff that the whole or some part of the tariff will expire at a stated time.

EXPORTER

The principal party in an export transaction that has the power and responsibility for determining the mode of transport, and controls the sending of goods to a recipient in an international destination.

EXPORT CONTROLS

Systems or methods enacted to prevent dual-use goods from being shipped to those countries or parties that may use them for acts of terrorism, war, or other destructive practices.

EXPORT DECLARATION

A Declaration Form for calculating export statistics and monitoring the movement of certain goods.

EXPORT LETTER OF CREDIT

A document issued by a bank stating its commitment to release a specified sum of funds for an export transaction, once certain conditions have been met.

EXPORT LICENSE

A government document that permits the “licensee” to engage in the export of designated goods to certain destinations.

EXPORT ADMINISTRATION ACT

The legislative order that grants the Department of Commerce the authority to issue regulations, and to administer and enforce export controls.  

EXPORT ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS

Regulations set forth by the Bureau of Export Administration.  

EXPORT ADMINISTRATION REVIEW BOARD

The cabinet level interagency dispute resolution committee chaired by the Secretary of Commerce that reviews export license applications.

EXPORT CONTROL AUTOMATED SUPPORT SYSTEM

Information database management system designed to support the Bureau of Export Administration’s export licensing process and enforcement activities.

EXPORT CONTROL CLASSIFICATION NUMBER/

EXPORT CONTROL NUMBER

Typically an alphanumeric code to classify export commodities that have potential military or dual use application.  

EXPORTER COUNSELING DIVISION

A division of the Export Administration’s Office of Exporter Services.  It is responsible for providing information to U.S. exporters on the Export Administration Regulations.

EXPORT ENFORCEMENT

A principal operating unit of the Bureau of Export Administration with responsibilities relating to the enforcement of export control on “dual-use” items.

EXPORT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

An optional program developed by the Bureau of Export Administration to assist companies in complying with the export control provisions of the Export Administration Regulations.

EXPORT SEMINAR STAFF

A division of the Bureau of Export Administration that develops a full range of programs on exporting good and services.

EXPORTERS IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

A number that denotes a specific exporter.

EX-WORKS

A term of sale whereby the buyer takes possession and ownership of goods literally outside of the seller’s premises.