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UPDATED: 5/7/05

10 + 2 Importer Security Filing (ISF)

Effective 1/26/2009


In October 2006, the U.S. Congress enacted a law requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect additional data elements 24 hours prior to lading on a vessel destined to the U.S. in addition to the current manifest filing data.

The additional elements, which are to be used for security screening, were later defined as 10 importer level elements and 2 carrier level elements. This program has come to be known as the "10+2" Security Filing. The security filing is only applicable to cargo laden on board a container vessel at this time.

CBP published a final interim rule in the Federal Register on November 25, 2008. In turn, the program will go into effect on January 26, 2009. The publication outlined the program in detail, including the data elements themselves, spoke about bonding requirements of the importer and filer, and required that the security filing be completed through the current methods of communication with CBP, namely the customs broker Automated Broker Interface (ABI) or the carrier Automated Manifest System (AMS) connection. We are presently working with our software vendor to offer various methods to simplify the filing. Most sureties have advised that importers who presently have a continuous bond on file with CBP, will not need an additional bond. CBP has not yet ruled on bond requirements for importers that enter cargo under a single transaction bond.

The largest challenge to completing the 10+2 security filing will be: the actual collection of the data itself; meeting the 24 hour prior to loading timeline to file; and the confidentiality of commercial data that is required in the filing. Secure and timely communication between the U.S. importer and the security filer is critical.

Failure to file the 10+2 data elements in a timely fashion can result in liquidated damages up to $5,000. The penalty will be issued to the party causing the shipment to be sent to the U.S. Customs is giving a 12 month compliance period, where they will " show restraint" in enforcing compliance.

As an importer, one of the most important decisions will be choosing who will file the 10 data elements on your behalf. Cambell & Gardiner Inc. is in a uniquely qualified position to perform the "10" portion of the security filing on your behalf. Cambell & Gardiner Inc. has knowledge of your importation, your products, and your transportation supply chain. We hold a power of attorney to transact Customs business on your behalf, and we have a regulatory requirement to maintain confidentiality of your data in each transaction. Most major carriers have indicated their intent to merely file the "2" data elements.

As a customs broker we can assist you with limiting your liability by ensuring that the security filing and entry data are consistent, and assist with the timely filing of information.

ISF Fact Sheet

ISF Power Point Presentation

Data Collection Form

ISF Bonds

for submitting ISF forms or questions regarding ISF, please contact the following:

ISF Mail





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