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ISF (Importer Security Filing)


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Understanding ISF Filing ("10+2")

What is an ISF (Importer Security Filing) commonly known as "10+2"?

An ISF, commonly referred to as a "10+2," is a filing that must be made with the CBP to document import data and information when shipments move from one location to another.

What are the consequences of not correctly filling the ISF?

Importers who do not correctly fill the ISF will be fined USD 5,000 before the transportation of their goods.

When must an ISF be transmitted for an ocean shipment to the US?

An ISF must be transmitted at least 24 hours in advance before an ocean shipment leaves for the US.

What details are contained in an ISF?

Information from the source or importer includes:

  • Address of the manufacturer (or supplier)
  • Name of the seller (or owner) and address
  • Name of the buyer (or owner) and address
  • Name and address of ship-to
  • Where to stuff containers
  • Name and location of the stuffer (consolidator)
  • FTZ ID or Importer of Record Number: Consignee Number(s)
  • Nation of origin
  • Each product's commodity HTS number for the shipment

Information from the transporter includes:

  • Boat stow strategy
  • Updates on container status

What additional information is required to link the ISF filing with the proper AMS (manifest) filing?

To link the ISF filing with the proper AMS (manifest) filing, the ISF filer will also require the following information:

  • MBL Number and SCAC
  • HBL# AMS and SCAC

Ensuring accurate ISF filing is crucial for importers to avoid fines and comply with CBP regulations.

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