Importing Goods into the US

Get your ISF Filed today!

For all goods imported into the U.S. by ocean vessel, the Importer Security Filing, also known as the ISF 10+2 Filing is required to be submitted to US Customs 24 hours before loading of vessel.

This rule was enacted on January 26, 2009 to pre-screen all shipments before they arrive to the U.S. and to strengthen the security and exam process for US Customs. 

Importers can submit their ISF Filing here with ease, and will be completed in the same day. We accept ISF Filing submissions 24/7 with customer support available via live chat, phone or email. We do not discriminate between large or small importers, all shipments we handle with professionalism and care.

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Avoid Customs Penalties! File your ISF today to be compliant with CBP's 10+2 Rule. 

When to File your ISF

1. 24 hours before loadinging 

ISF Filing is required 24 hours before loading of vessel. You can file as soon as your seller provides you the ISF information. The best time to file as early as possible. If you are late, it is required to be filed to minimize chances of late fines & penalties.

If you are ready to file your ISF, the first thing you want to make sure is that you have all your required documents and information ready. Visit the "How to File" section first, to have ready your documents and info needed for the filing.

Start your ISF Filing here!

You may start your ISF Filing here via the online ISF form. We are operational 7 days a week and all ISF submissions received will be completed in 8 hours or less. The world of shipping does not stop, and so do we!

I'm ready to file, how do I proceed..

Will I get a confirmation that my ISF is filed?

Yes, after your ISF is filed with US Customs. You will receive a email confirmation with the ISF transaction number and the ISF filing record copy. 

What if my ISF Filing is late?

If your shipment has already sailed before you have filed your ISF. You must file as soon as possible as US Customs still requires this information to see what goods are being imported into the U.S. If your ISF Filing is late, the sooner you file, the chances of penalty by CBP will be minimized. 

What are the fines and penalty for Late ISF Filing?

Late ISF Filings may be subject to $5,000 penalty for each violation, and not to exceed $10,000 in aggregate if multiple offenses are committed such as late and erroneous filings.

Are Customs Clearance service available after my ISF is filed?

After your ISF is filed, customs clearance services are available to coordinate releases with US Custom, Freight agent and Warehouse.

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Additional ISF Info

Elements of a ISF 10+2 Filing

If you are wondering what is exactly contained in the ISF Filing, there are 10 main elements in which the Importer is responsible for, and the other 2 elements are submitted by your shipping carrier. The Importer only needs to worry about their own 10 elements and the AMS Bill of Lading numbers which ties your shipment in with customs.

  1. Seller – Name and address of the Seller, who has sold the goods to the Buyer. The seller would be the overseas entity who have sold the goods. Sometimes this could be the same as the manufacturer of the goods.

  2. Buyer – Name and address of the Buyer who has paid the Seller. The Buyer is the entity who have made financial payment of the goods to the Seller. This may be the same party as the Importer of Record.

  3. Importer of Record – The IRS number, EIN, Social Security number, or Customs assigned of the Importer of Record. This entity liable for payment of all duties and responsible for meeting all statutory and regulatory requirements incurred as a result of importation.

  4. Consignee number – The IRS number, EIN, Social Security number, or Customs assigned imported number of the individual or firm in the U.S. on whose account the merchandise is shipped.

  5. Manufacturer – Name and address of the entity that last manufacturers, assembles, produces the good, or grows the commodity. 

  6. Ship to party – Name and address of where the goods will go to physically after the release from Customs.

  7. Country of Origin – Country of manufacture, production, or growth of the article, based upon the import laws, rules and regulations of the U.S. This is the same information declared on the Customs entry.

  8. Harmonized Tariff Schedule number –  The HTS Tariff Number under which the article is classified in the HTSUS. The HTS Code identifies all imported goods which also determines the import duty rate and any special requirements if applicable.  

  9. Container stuffing location – Name and address(es) of the physical location(s) where the goods were stuffed into the container. 

  10. Consolidator – Name and address of the party who stuffed the container or arranged for stuffing of the container. 

      Master/ and or House AMS Bill of Lading Numbers: The Bill of Lading numbers when considered should be the 11th element to the ISF       

      10+2 Filing. These Bill of Lading Numbers let CBP know which shipment your 10 data elements belong to. 

The other 2 elements are provided to CBP by the carrier or steamship line:

  1. Vessel stow plan

  2. Container status message

Updating or Revising an ISF Filing

ISF's can be updated before the shipment arrives to the first US Port. In the world of shipping, there would be times in which your shipment would not make its journey on the original booked vessel in which the Bill of Lading Number's would change, or if there are any corrections needed on any of the 10 ISF data elements. The update can be submitted to US Customs by the party or company who has filed your ISF. Please note that if there are changes to the Arrival or Departure date in which the Bill of Lading numbers did not change. Revisions are not necessary for date changes, as the arrival and departure info is tied in with the Bill of Lading numbers which the Carrier is responsible to update with CBP.

Bond Requirements for ISF Filing

The Importer must have a bond with the ISF Filing. Either a Single ISF Bond or Continuous Bond for frequent importers is required. Bonds are non refundable financial guarantees to US Customs in the event of any claims for liquidated damages or penalties which may be applicable. Failure to post a bond with the ISF Filing will result in a rejection of the ISF Filing if bond is not secured within 12 hours after submission. Here at TurboISF, we include the ISF Bond with your ISF Filing at the time of filing to ensure there will be no rejections with CBP.