Learn how the ISF filing process works for shipments inbound to the USA.
If you’re shipping goods to the USA, you will have to be aware of the Importer Security Filing process so that important information can be transmitted on time.
In this article we explain why the Importer Security Filing process is required for shipments to the the USA, and how shippers can create ISF documents.
What is an Importer Security Filing?
An Importer Security Filing is a filing process that is required by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CPB) which requires import containerized cargo information.
The ISF must be filed with the agency at least 24 hours before the goods are loaded onto a vessel bound for the USA. Failing to comply with this requirement can lead to serious consequences. Not only could you face a fine of up to $5,000, but non-compliance may also result in increased inspections of your shipments. This can cause delays in the delivery of your goods, potentially disrupting your business operations and supply chain.
The ISF is also known as a “10+2” as it requires importers to provide 10 data elements to CBP and 2 other documents from the carrier of goods (shipping line). An Importer Security Filing document can be created to contain all of this important information to be passed on to different parties.
Example template of an ISF document used for shipments to the USA:
Who is responsible for filing the ISF?
The person who buys the goods, or the one receiving them in the U.S., is responsible to file the ISF. You can fill out this form yourself if you’re in the U.S using our ISF Template. Doing this yourself would eliminate the need of a licensed customs broker to do it for you.
What information is included in an ISF document?
An Importer Security Filing document must contain 10 fields of information from the importer or supplier:
- Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address
- Seller (or owner) name and address
- Buyer (or owner) name and address
- Importer of record number, name and address
- Consignee number(s)
- Country of origin
- Ship-to name and address
- Container stuffing location
- Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
- Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number for each product on the shipment
- Master bill of lading number
- House bill of lading number (if applicable)