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ISF Filing (Importer Security 10+2 Filing)


On July 9, 2013, the ISF Filing requirement set forth by U.S. Customs is mandated to be in full enforcement. All ocean imports by containerized vessel and break bulk requires the ISF to be filed 24 hours before loading of goods destined to the United States. The ISF 10+2 Rule is designed to help the Department of Homeland Security and Border Protection to prescreen goods before arrival to the U.S. to safeguard against acts of terrorism and to ensure unlawful entry of goods are prevented. 

The penalties set forth by U.S Customs is $5,000 for non compliance for shipments which have late ISF Filing, or erroneoous info.

While CBP may not issue fines for all cases, they do reserve the right to issue and is issued and determined at the port level.

If you have purchased goods from overeas to ship by ocean vessel, have your seller provide you all the required ISF information and shipping documents in order for the ISF to be filed 24 hours before loading. We strongly recommend all Importers to file as early as 3-5 days out and to give time to your customs broker to review all info and documents prior to the filing. 

For importers who are late to file their ISF, the ISF requirement from U.S. Customs is still required. While U.S. Customs does reserve the right to issue fines for late ISF, the chances of penalty is significantly less if the importer takes appropriate action to get the ISF filed upon knowing the fact when late.


Importers who are still in the planning phase of their first or next shipment, it is recommended to contact us to prepare your shipment to make sure you have all the documents and facts before shipping. For importers which need ISF service or inquiry, please give us a call at 718-269-7011 or use our contact form to start inquiry or service. 

Best Practices for ISF Filing

1. Request ISF and shipping documents from seller 3-4 days before loading of vessel.

2. Contact your customs broker to arrange for the ISF Filing.

3. Review your completed ISF Filing to double check all info for accuracy. 

Penalties and Actions by CBP for Late ISF Filing

1. $5,000-$10,000 penalty 

2. Do not load message to overseas shipper

3. Customs exam at port upon arrival

4. Customs hold at port 

Elements contained in an ISF Filing (10+2)

1. Importer of Record Name and Address

2. Buyer Name and Address

3. Sellers Name and Address

4. Consignee Name and Address

5. Container Stuffing Location

6. Consolidater

7. Ship To Name and Address

8. Country of Origin

9. HTS Tariff Code

10. Manufacturer Name and Address

Other two elements are the shipping carrier's responsibilty to provide to CBP. 

Helpful FAQ links from US Customs: