New Requirements by FedEx for International Shipping Services

To campus employees who use FedEx international shipping services:

Effective March 1, 2023. FedEx will require the sender to provide a Harmonized System (HS) code and an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number for all commodities shipped internationally. Proper use of these codes will prevent high shipping costs, delays, and returns.

What are HS Codes and EORI Numbers?

  • Harmonized System Code is an internationally standardized system of describing and classifying goods.  It is used by customs authorities to identify and apply the correct duties, taxes, or restrictions on items.
  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification number is assigned to companies that are shipping and/or receiving goods within the European Union (EU).

How will this impact my international shipments?

  • If you are processing a shipment on your desktop or through the FedEx website, you will need to provide the HS code and EORI number.
  • Distribution Services’ Shipment Request Form has been updated to include fields for HS code, Detailed Commodity Description, and EORI number for international shipments.

How can I learn more?

Distribution Services will send campus FedEx account holders additional information on how to process these shipments. This will include a visual guide with screenshots of the FedEx website and which fields need to be filled out.  It will also include instructions on how to identify your HS codes, detailed commodity descriptions, and EORI numbers.

If you have any questions, please contact Tony Diaz at 4-1590 or Phil Perez at 4-1594 in Distribution Services.