As you may know, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reporting is becoming mandatory in Customs ACE entry filing as of 5/18/17. As a result of this, the Engine Family Name (EFN) is now a required data field for all shipments that include a Privately-Owned Vehicle (POV).

• It is imperative to start collecting the Engine Family Name (EFN) information on all import shipments that include vehicles immediately.

The best way to collect the information is to have the shipper (or packers) take a picture of the Vehicle Emission Control Information (VECI) label on the vehicle before it packs and include the picture with the other documents collected related to the POV (DOT Form HS-7 and EPA Form 3520-1). The label is typically found under the hood of the vehicle or in the engine compartment, but could be on the inside of the driver’s side door frame.
Here is a pictogram showing where to look for the VECI:
Vehicle Emissions
Once the vehicle is packed in a container and shipped on a vessel, it will become impossible to obtain the number until the container can be accessed in the US. This can cause major difficulties and increased costs to gain access to a container that has not been Customs cleared, so make sure to collect a photo of the label before shipping.

Here is a sample of what the VECI label can look like, but it does come in many different varieties and formats.
VECI example

The EFN can be very difficult to recognize on the label, so it is best to collect a photo of the label rather than having the shipper try to identify the correct information independently. Once the vehicle is packed in a container and shipped on a vessel, it will become impossible to obtain the number until the container can be accessed in the US. This can cause major delays, difficulties and increased costs to gain access to a container that has not been Customs cleared, so make sure to collect a photo of the label before shipping.

Click this link to go to the EPA website for an article on how to locate the VECI and EFN.

Please feel free to contact Gallagher Transport with any questions or further clarification on this issue. As always, we are here to help and happy to do so!