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Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements
On January 26, 2010 the new rule titled Importer Security Filing (ISF) and Additional Carrier Requirements (commonly known as “10+2”) changed from informed to enforced compliance. This new rule applies to import cargo arriving to the United States by vessel. Failure to comply with the new rule could ultimately result in monetary penalties
(min. $ 5000), increased inspections and delay of cargo.

Under the new rule, before merchandise arriving by vessel can be imported into the United States, the Importer Security Filing (ISF) Importer or their agent must electronically submit certain advance cargo information to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This requirement only applies to cargo arriving in the United States by ocean vessel - it does not apply to cargo arriving by other modes of transportation – and only for the vessel destined to the United States.

As a courtesy to our customers we offer the ISF filing for a $ 45.00 fee. However, OMNITRANS will not be held liable for any accompanying fines which might occur due to false or delayed supply of information. We require detailed paperwork (Bill of Lading, Packing List and Commercial Invoice) and vessel departure and arrival information at least 72h before the cargo is laden aboard a vessel overseas. In addition OMNITRANS needs following mandatory data elements 72h prior to lading to be able to file an ISF with CBP:

* House and Master Bill of Lading Number
* Vessel Name and Voyage Number
* Estimated Time of Departure (ETD)
* Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)
* Seller
* Buyer
* Importer of Record number
* Consignee number(s)
* Manufacturer (or supplier)
* Ship to party
* Country of Origin
* Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) number
* Container Stuffing Location
* Consolidator

Failure to provide US Customs and Border Protection with the required information may result in liquidated damages of $ 5000 per violation for the submission of an inaccurate, incomplete or untimely filing. Please be also informed that the Bond Holder will be held liable for accuracy of the information filed and any occurring penalties. If payment is denied the surety company pays and charges the fines to the bond. Failure to reimburse the surety company will eventually lead to termination of the bond.

Please see following links for your convenience:

•“Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements” Leaflet

Definitions of a.m. parties required for filing

ISF form for Omnitrans Corporation Ltd. which shall be completed for every Bill of Lading

For more information please visit the CBP website.