Beginning June 29, 2020, an additional step may be required for shipments (excluding document only shipments) to China, Hong Kong, Russia, or Venezuela, regardless of whether you use eShip@Penn or ship directly through one of the major carriers, and regardless of the value of the shipment.

Depending on what is being shipped, Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing in the Automated Export System may be required to obtain an ITN (Internal Transaction Number) prior to shipment.[1] To avoid significant delays, please gather the following information for each item in your package before attempting any shipment to these destinations:

*Contact the Penn Export Control Office ( for additional guidance and support!

  1. Whether the item is of domestic or foreign origin
  2. Schedule B/HTS Number: 10-digit code commodity classification code.
    • Schedule B/HTS look-up tool:
    • For commercial items, the vendor/manufacturer will be able to provide this code (either published online or on request).
  3. Product description: Sufficiently detailed description of each item being shipped.
    • Good descriptions: Xilinx FPGA kit, rabbit polyclonal IL-6 antibody, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded human brain tissue, T- shirts
    • Poor descriptions: electronic components, research sample, protein, exempt specimen, gift box
  4. ECCN: Export Control Classification Number
    • For commercial items, please contact the vendor/manufacturer to obtain the ECCN. Many companies publish this information online.
    • If you do not know the ECCN number, please contact for assistance


[1] Note that, with the exception of Canada, all international shipments over $2,500 require an ITN. The new requirement eliminates the dollar threshold for shipments to China, Hong Kong, Russia, and Venezuela.