UPDATED 10/02/09 116 Days to Go – Are You Ready

With $5,000 penalties and Do Not Load messages just around the corner have your suppliers been sending the ISF form on time. I know there has been a lot of confusion on what is considered “on-time” so here it is –
Customs requires the information must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard the vessel at the foreign port, the elements must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard a vessel destined to the United States.

So this means that you must provide JW Hampton the properly completed ISF form no later than 3 working days prior to the sailing to ensure the data is transmitted and accepted by Customs. Any later than that you are at risk of penalties and a possible Do Not Load message for your container.

The 10+2 rule will be used to assist Customs Border Protection (CBP) in the risk management of protecting America against terrorism. The security information submitted will help CBP to target which containers should be inspected. The start up date is January 26,2009 for the the Importer Security Filing (ISF). The carrier is required to submit,in addition to the data required by the 24-Hour Rule, two more cargo elements: Vessel Stow Plan and Container Status Messages.(CSM) You, as the importer, are responsible to get 10 additional advance trade data elements that the ISF requires.. This information must be received 24 hours before vessel loading. The penalty is $5000 per violation. There will be a one-year grace period before fines are implemented. DON’T WAIT! You will need to to notify all your staff and all your partners in your supply chain of the data we will need to comply with the 10+2 (ISF) filing. The 10 data elements required from the Importer prior to loading of the vessel at the foreign port are:

Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address

Seller name and address
Buyer name and address
Ship to name and address
Container stuffing location
Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
Importer of record
Consignee number
Country of origin
6 Digit HSTS#

We at Hampton are able to guide/help you through the gathering and filing of your 10+2 (ISF) data. If you would like more information please contact either Bob,Mike or Bobby or you can view more info at Customs website.