Background

The Census Bureau has decided not to remove the electronic export information filing requirement for shipments between the U.S. and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to Census, arguments have been made that this requirement imposes a burden on what should be treated as interstate commerce, discourages manufacturers in the 50 states from shipping to Puerto Rico, and impedes economic development on the island.

However, removal of this requirement could have impacted the quality and availability of key federal statistics, and Census has decided to continue to collect the EEI because there is no alternative source that yields the same high-quality data for Puerto Rico and the USVI.

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