In January 2009, the CBP published a new regulation mandated for ocean cargo imports only.
The ISF (Importer Security Filing), also known as ISF (10+2) or just “10+2”, is a filing required by the CBP for ocean cargo, and is an integral part of the US customs clearance process.
The information submitted in ISF improves U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) ability to identify high-risk shipments in order to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security.
The importer is held responsible for filing the ISF, and the information must be transmitted to the CBP at least 24 hours before the vessel containing the goods leaves the last port of origin to the US.
Failure to comply with the rule could ultimately result in monetary penalties of up to $5000, increased inspections, and delay of cargo.
ISF 10+2 – The most Required filing form, The ISF 10+2 filing, only affects ocean vessel imports. It does not affect cargo imports entering the U.S. by other modes of transportation
As an Importer, You Can File Your Own ISF if you are U.S. Legal entity and have a U.S. address. You can legally file your ISF by yourself under the CBP regulations with no need for a customs broker help.
This DIY method can shorten filing times as well as save money on any ISF filing.
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The ISF form has several mandatory fields of information about the goods, the supplier and the importer:
1. Importer identified numbers (EIN or SSN, name and address
2. Consignee identified number(s)
3. Buyer (or owner) name and address
4. Ship-to name and address
5. Manufacturer stuffing location
6. Seller name and address
7. Container stuffing location
8. Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
9. Country of origin
10. Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number (HTS code first 6 digits)
11. Master bill of lading number
12. House bill of lading number (if applicable)
There are several basic requirements for DIY ISF filing:
• U.S. Legal Entity – EIN or SSN.
• Bill of lading and Commercial Invoice
• International classification HTS 6-digit numbers for your products
• Customs Bond (single or continuous) needed only if cargo value is above 2500$
If you fulfill these requirements the process of self-filing your ISF is self-explanatory and straightforward, you do not need to fill out forms manually, all you have to do is fill in the relevant fields online, pay only $10, and automatically submit your application to CBP.
If you don’t have an ISF Customs Bond you can send a purchase request for it during the ISF filing process.
After the ISF is sent, you will receive regular updates from the system regarding the status of the application, until the ISF is approved by the CBP or completion/repairs needed by the CBP.
If completion is required, you can make the required repairs and submit an updated ISF with no additional fees.