ISF (Importer Security Filing)

ISF (Importer Security Filing)

What is an ISF?

Importer Security Filing (ISF), commonly referred to as “10+2”, is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirement for ocean vessel shipments. It mandates that importers and vessel operating carriers provide additional cargo information to CBP before goods enter U.S. ports. The goal of ISF is to enhance border security by enabling CBP to better assess the risk of incoming shipments and prevent contraband smuggling.

ISF submissions must be completed 24 hours before the cargo is loaded onto the ship at the foreign port. Non-compliance with ISF can result in severe penalties, including fines and delays in cargo release.

What information is included in an ISF?

The information required in an ISF generally includes details about the importer, consignee, and shipment. Key elements of an ISF submission include:

  • Importer of Record Number: Identifies the importer responsible for ensuring that the goods comply with local laws and regulations.
  • Consignee Number: The number assigned to the individual or firm to whom goods are shipped.
  • Buyer and Seller Names: Details of the parties involved in the transaction.
  • Ship to Party: The final recipient of the goods.
  • Container Stuffing Location: Where the goods were loaded into the container.
  • Consolidator Name and Address: The party responsible for consolidating goods into the container.
  • Manufacturer Name and Address: The origin of the goods.
  • Seller Name and Address: The primary party selling the goods.
  • Buyer Name and Address: The primary party purchasing the goods.
  • HTSUS Number: Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States number, identifying the goods’ classification.

Compliance with ISF requirements is crucial for smooth customs clearance and avoiding potential fines.