Alert: Full ISF (aka 10+2) Enforcement Begins Tuesday, July 9

Alert: Full ISF Enforcement Begins Tuesday, July 9

AIT Worldwide Logistics is committed to being your partner by supplying timely and informative communication coupled with relevant consultation that alleviates the complexity of global transportation management.

If your company imports goods by sea into the United States, please review the following alert.

In Brief

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced their intention to begin full Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) enforcement as of Tuesday, July 9, 2013. To avoid liquidated damages (i.e. – CBP-levied penalties), AIT recommends that our U.S. customers who import goods by sea from outside the country confirm that ISF data is being supplied and filed for all applicable shipments.


ISF was implemented four years ago, requiring every shipper importing to the United States to communicate specific information and documentation to CBP prior to cargo being laden on an exporting vessel. CBP recently issued the following update (Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #13-000298):

In order to achieve the most compliance with the least disruption to the trade and to domestic port operations, CBP has been applying a measured and commonsense approach to Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) enforcement.  On July 9, 2013 CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF, and will start issuing liquidated damages against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance.

Consequences of ISF Non-Compliance

While the ambiguous language of the CSMS does not specifically clarify the potential liquidated damages, AIT expects (based on previous CBP communications) penalties could range from $5,000 to $10,000 per shipment for importers who fail to comply with ISF regulations. Note, CBP may levy penalties in cases where ISF data is transmitted late and/or erroneously.


Customers who ship by sea with AIT can continue to rest assured knowing that our logistics experts currently have the internal processes and resources in place to ensure full ISF compliance, just as we have for the past several years.

If you a customer who uses AIT’s Custom Brokerage services, but ships by sea with another forwarder, we urge you to protect your interests by confirming that your shippers are submitting ISF data in a timely and thorough fashion.


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As always, thank you for your continued business with AIT as your global transportation management partner.

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