Tu, Jan 26, 2010: Importer Security Filing Rule Goes into Effect (10 + 2)

Importer Security Filing (ISF) Rule

For maritime cargo that is destined to remain in the U.S. the following data elements will be required to be transmitted 24 hours before loading the U.S. bound vessel

.From the importer:
1. Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address
2. Seller (or owner) name and address
3. Buyer (or owner) name and address
4. Container stuffing location
5. Consolidator name and address
6. Ship to name and address
7. Importer of record number/FTZ applicant ID number
8. Consignee number(s)
9. Country of origin of the goods
10. Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number (6 digit)
and Bill of Lading (B/L)Number
.From the carrier:
1. Vessel stow plan
2. Container status messages

Entry into effect on Jan 26, 2010

On November 25, 2008 CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) published its “interim final rule” on how the program would be implemented and what its requirements would be

Since January 26, 2009 a “structured review and flexible enforcement period” has been in place on the Importer Security Filing (ISF).

Effective January 26, 2010 this program is moving towards a mandatory filing and enforcement phase.

Penalties for failure to file

Failure to comply with the new rule could ultimately result in monetary penalties, increased inspections and delay of cargo.

Failure to file a “timely, complete and/or accurate” ISF transmission will result in liquidated damages of $ 5000 being assessed against the responsible party for each violation.


An automated 10+2 solution takes electronic data, sent from supply chain partners, and maps it to the requested data elements required by CBP. The filing of this information is known by CBP as the Importer Security Filing. With an automated solution, importers utilize the software to:

• Access trading partners and view/edit their information
• Load data from electronic files or allow for manual entry of data
• Notify users automatically when work needs to be completed for filing purposes
• Connect to CBP, allowing the importer to file the ISF
• Validate classification data for all filings before transmitting to CBP
• Designate fields to automatically populate with consistent data across all filings for a company
• Track the events of a shipment and coinciding ISF data elements triggered by those events
• The importer is ultimately responsible for filing the required data elements or trusting a third party, such as a broker or a Freight forwarder, to submit the appropriate product information.

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How to Meet New U.S. Regulations Affecting U.S. Importers: Importers Security Filing, Lacey Act, C/T-PAT
Presentation by John Wainwright, VP, Customs Compliance, Leggett & Platt Global Services

Import Compliance (Leggett & Platt Presentation – View – kb pdf)
Import Compliance (Leggett & Platt Presentation – Download)

Presentation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials to U.S. Importers
Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements – View – 634kb pdf

U.S. Customs & Border Protection: Importer Security Filing (10 + 2)