ISF 10+2 Vessel Operating Carrier Compliance

For Vessel Operating Ocean Carriers, the two data elements required for transmission to the CBP are:

1. Vessel Stow Plan to indicate the location of each container on the ocean vessel. Must be transmitted no later than 48 hours after the carrier’s departure from the foreign port. For voyages less than 48 hours, must be transmitted prior to vessel’s arrival at first U.S. Port. Exclusive bulk and break bulk carriers are exempt. Must submit transmission via Automated Manifest System (AMS), or a secure file transfer protocol (sFTP).

2. Container status messages (CSM) which detail information on the movement and status changes of a container as it travels through certain parts of the supply chain. Must be transmitted no later than 24 hours after messages are entered in the carrier’s system. Container Status Messages for bulk and break bulk cargo are exempt for transmission.

In addition, for transit of foreign cargo covering Freight Remaining On Board the vessel (FROB), Immediate Exports (IE) and Transportation and Exportations (T & E), five data elements will be required for transmission by the Vessel Operating Ocean Carrier to the CBP. These are five data elements:

  • Booking Party
  • Foreign port of unlading
  • Place of delivery
  • Ship to party
  • HTSUS (minimum 6 digit level)
  • What information is in the vessel stow plan required of carriers?
    The vessel stow plan includes, for each vessel: vessel name, including international maritime organization (IMO) number; vessel operator; and voyage number. For each container: container operator, equipment number, equipment size and type, stow position, Hazmat code (if applicable,) port of lading, and port of discharge.

    What will vessel stow plans be used for?
    Vessel stow plan information will be used primarily to identify unmanifested containers prior to arrival into the United States. Vessel stow plans will also be used to identify the specific physical location of dangerous goods and other high-risk containerized cargo aboard vessels.

    What will container status messages that are now required of carriers be used for?
    Container status messages will primarily be used to track the physical movement of cargo containers as they move through the supply chain.

    We have compiled more specific details of the requirements for vessel operating carriers, click here to read more...


    We have compiled an extensive glossary of terms and background information to help make the ISF 10+2 Program easier to understand and comply with.  More...


    Most carriers have questions regarding the new ISF 10+2 Initiative. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.  More...


    Carriers will be required to electronically transmit Importer Security Filings (ISF) to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at least 24 hours before vessel loading at the overseas foreign port along with Stow Plans. Carriers  will need to maintain complete records of their Importer Security Filings and make updates to these filings with additional known information before arrival at the first U.S. entry port along with Container Status updates. We have compiled a list of approved software vendors.   More...


    We have compiled a directory of documentation resources which can be downloaded. These resources provide the latest information regarding the ISF 10 + 2 Program requirements. More...