Importer Security Filing (ISF)

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that Full Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement will begin on May 14, 2015. Learn More Full Enforcement of Importer Security Filing (ISF)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS #13-000298 announcing that liquidated damages will be issued against noncompliance of the Importer Security Filing (ISF), starting on July 9, 2013.
In the CSMS, CBP states In order to achieve the most compliance with the least disruption to the trade and to domestic port operations, CBP has been applying a measured and commonsense approach to Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10 + 2) enforcement. On July 9, 2013 CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF, and will start issuing liquidated damages against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance. CBP will enforce ISF based on the Interim Final Rule, published on November 25, 2008.

New Importer Security Filing Brochure issued by U.S. Customs
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The ISF 10+2 Form Importer Security Filing information guide is designed to help importers, brokers, forwarders, NVOCC operators and vessel operating carriers to find and share best practices on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements. ISF 10+2 Information and Resources contained on this website have been harvested from across many sources. This ISF 10+2 Importer Security Filing website is not affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security nor the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

importer security filing 10 2Beginning January 26, 2009, importers and vessel operating ocean carriers will be required to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP with advance notification for all ocean vessel shipments inbound to the United States. This advance notification is known as the Importer Security Filing ISF, and commonly referred to as the ISF 10 + 2 Importer Security Filing Program.

What is ISF ? Importer Security Filing ISF (known the 10 2 Program)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP will be requiring an Importer Security Filing ISF; prior to vessel loading at foreign ports. The Importer Security Filing generally will consist of 10 additional data elements from U.S. importers. In addition 2 data set items will be required from carriers. The Importer Security Filing and additional data from carriers will enhance CBP’s ability to identify high-risk cargo shipments.

Why is CBP requiring the 10+2 Importer Security Filing information?
The ISF 10+2 Importer Security Filing regulations are specifically intended to fulfill the requirements of section 203 of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 and section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. The SAFE Port Act requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the Commissioner of CBP, to promulgate regulations to require the electronic transmission of additional data elements for improved high-risk targeting, including appropriate security elements of entry data for cargo destined to the United States by vessel prior to loading at foreign seaports.

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ISF 10 2 Articles:

Update to ISF 10 + 2 Form Importer Security Filing Policy

Importer Security Filing ISF Bond Requirements

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The ISF Form Importer Security Filing by US Customs and Border is to help prevent terrorist weapons from being transported to the United States and to improve CBP's ability to identify high-risk shipments so as to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security. Importers and Vessel Operating Carriers bringing cargo to the United States will be required to transmit certain information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about the cargo they are transporting prior to lading that cargo at foreign ports of entry.


In March 1, 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, was born as an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, merging functions of the former U.S. Customs Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Border Patrol, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Many changes took place in preparation for this merger and many have occurred since in order to safeguard U.S. borders against high-risk cargo, contraband, and unsafe imports.