Importer Security Filing

On January 26, 2009, the new rule titled "Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements" (commonly known as "10+2") went into effect. This rule applies to import cargo arriving to the United States by vessel. Failure to comply with the rule could ultimately result in monetary penalties, increased inspections and delay of cargo.

What is ISF?

Importer Security Filing (ISF) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation that affects reporting requirements for ocean shipments entering the United States, or shipments that transit the United States to a foreign destination. Commonly referred to as "10+2" for the number of the data elements required, ISF regulations require importers and Vessel Operating Carriers to submit specific information pertaining to ocean cargo in advance of entering the country. The targeted cargo screening initiative was developed to help prevent high-risk shipments from being transported to the United States and is fully enforced by CBP.

With 10+2, the importer is ultimately responsible for the filing. It is imperative that the ten ISF data elements are completed timely and accurately in order to fully comply with the regulations. The Vessel Operating Carrier is responsible for an additional two elements, which are the vessel stow plan and container status messages.

ISF-5 is a separate and distinct data reporting requirement for shipments that are transiting the United States but not remaining in the country, and requires the importer to file five data elements.

High Desert CHB will effectively file ISF entries on your behalf, within 24 hours of receipt of complete information. We ask that you notify your vendors to send you a completed ISF form 96 hours PRIOR to VESSEL LOADING to ensure a timely ISF filing. Once you have reviewed the ISF form it should be sent to our email address at least 72 hours PRIOR to VESSEL LOADING:

ISF Form (click here)

Please note that we will also require a Power of Attorney. See “Account Setup” page.