U.S. Customs Updates Importer Security Filing (‘10+2’) Enforcement Policy

Date: June 20, 2016
Subject: U.S. Customs Updates Importer Security Filing (‘10+2’) Enforcement Policy
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has announced significant changes to the enforcement of Importer Security Filing (ISF) requirements going forward.

CBP port offices will no longer be required to send importer liquidated damages (LD) claims to CBP headquarters for review prior to the penalty being issued. Additionally, the ‘three-strikes’ approach CBP has taken into consideration when determining penalty assessments will be discontinued with full LD claims now possible based on a first-time violation.

Given these changes, stricter ISF enforcement and increased LD claims are anticipated. Importers are strongly encouraged to review their current ISF procedures to ensure compliance and risk-mitigation.

ISF requirements have been in place since January 2009 for ocean cargo arriving directly into the U.S. The above changes will be effective for all ocean cargo on the water on or after June 30, 2016.

Delmar International maintains direct connectivity with CBP to immediately file ISF on behalf of its clients and can do so on a 24/7 basis. ISF information may be provided to Delmar via paper, document transfer or EDI. ISF confirmations can also be provided to importers or other stakeholders in real-time upon acceptance by CBP.

Additional information concerning this new CBP policy is available here.

For additional questions or information, please contact your local Delmar International representative.

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