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 ISF enforcement, and will start issuing liquidated damages against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance.
Please see this notice from US Customs and Border Protection regarding ISF enforcement. It is a good idea to remind your suppliers, vendors, and related parties to provide the form to your customs broker for all of your ocean shipments going forward. Complete and accurate 10+2 info for destined to the U.S. is 100% after July 9, 2013. Equally important is to make sure your customs broker receive the ISF 10+2 form at least 2-3 days prior to the loading of the vessel in the foreign port. Texas International Freight as licensed customs brokers can handle the ISF 10+2 form on your behalf and avoid ISF enforcement penalties.
Previous to July 9, 2013, CBP gave importers time to adjust to the new requirements. In consideration of business process changes required by ISF, CBP agreed not to enforce the 10+2 rule with penalties during a transition period. This transition period expired midnight July 8th. From now on, CBP can charge an importer who fails to perform the ISF $5,000 per violation in liquidated damages.
What is the ISF?
ISF, also called the “10+2” filing, stands for Importer Security Filing. The rule requires importers to submit 10 pieces of information to US Customs and Border Protection before bringing the cargo into the United States by vessel. The information must be submitted before the importing vessel leaves the foreign port. Import Security Filings improves CBP ability to identify high-risk shipments to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security.