SAUDI EMBASSY STARTS INTERNET-BASED EXPORT VERIFICATION SERVICE
The Saudi Arabian Commercial Office has announced the availability of its new automated Export Information Sheet, or EIS program.
EIS is an Internet-based electronic service that allows U.S. companies, or their documentation agents, exporting to Saudi Arabia to file the required EIS form through the Web.
EIS is managed, run and supported by the Commercial Office of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington. It was developed and is maintained by Flagship Customs Services, a provider of international trade Internet application services.
Irrespective of value of shipment or mode of transportation, all U.S. exporters to Saudi Arabia are required to file a completed EIS paper form 1048-595, with one of the Saudi Consulates in the United States as a prerequisite for the certification of shipping documents for their commercial shipments to Saudi Arabia. The EIS form is the equivalent of the Shipper’s Export Declaration form of the U.S. Census Bureau.
The newly automated EIS is made available on the Web free of charge. All U.S. exporters to Saudi Arabia are strongly encouraged to register and begin using the new system immediately, the Saudi government said. This can be done through the Saudi Arabian Commercial Office Web site at http://www.saudicommercialoffice.com by selecting the EIS option at the bottom of the page, and clicking on the “Register for EIS” option in the EIS home page.
The new online EIS system also provides other advantages over the paper submission of EIS forms:
* Online inquiry of EIS authorizations status.
* Ability to retrieve previously filed EIS forms to use as templates.
* Availability of a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week export reporting system.
* Time saving, near error-free, and consistent export data reporting capabilities.
For more information, contact the Commercial Office of the Saudi Arabian Embassy at 202-333-8220. For information about FCS, visit Web-site: http://www.tradegate2000.com.