What do you need to know about ISF filing?
The ISF regulations are new as of 2009. Staying up to date on new rules and regulations is an essential part of being a proactive, helpful and reliable customs broker. Gallagher Transport’s employees have had extensive training on the ISF system to ensure that we are providing the best service to our customers.
Import Security Filing (commonly referred to as “10+2”) or ISF is required for all import shipments arriving by ocean into the United States. This formality is required 24 hours prior to export from the last foreign port to avoid penalty.
ISF is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation that requires importers and vessel operating carriers to provide additional advance trade data. For U.S. bound cargo, the ISF is comprised of 12 data elements, 10 from the importer and +2 from the carrier). The purpose of the ISF regulations is to enhance cargo targeting of high risk shipments, resulting in fewer exams for low risk shipments.
The 10 data elements required by CBP from the importer for ISF are:
- Importer of Record Number: IRS, EIN, SSN, or CBP assigned number of the entity liable for payment of all duties and responsible for meeting all statutory and regulatory requirements incurred as a result of importation.
- Consignee Number: IRS, EIN, SSN, or CBP assigned number of the individual(s) or firm(s) in the U.S on whose account the merchandise is shipped.
- Seller (Owner): Name and address of the last known entity who sold or agreed to sell the goods
- Buyer (Owner): Name and address of the last known entity to whom the goods are sold or agreed to be sold to.
- Ship to Party: Name and address of the first deliver-to party scheduled to physically receive the goods after the goods have been released from customs custody.
- Manufacturer (Supplier): Name and address (or DUNS) of the entity that last manufacturers, assembles, produces, or grows the commodity. OR the name and address of the party supplying the finished goods in the country from which the goods are leaving.
- Country of Origin: Country of manufacture, production, or growth of the article, based upon the import laws, rules and regulations of the U.S.
- Commodity HTS-6 (Harmonized Tariff Schedule number): Tariff number under which the article is classified in the HTSUS. CBP requires 6 digits, but 8 digits or the full 10 digit HTS number are accepted.
- Container Stuffing Location: Name and address(es) of the physical location where the goods were stuffed into the container. There are different requirements depending on whether it is a break bulk shipments or a “factory load” shipment.
- Consolidator (Stuffer): Name and address (of the party who stuffed the container or arranged for the stuffing of the container.
While this may seem complicated, it is important to know that Gallagher Transport takes care of the ISF filing for all of our clients to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Let us help you stay compliant and avoid penalties. We will walk you through all the steps you need to know.
Questions about ISF filing? Contact Gallagher Transport today!