All goods imported into the U.S. by ocean vessel, by law according to CBP's 10+2 Rule set forth and enforced on July 9, 2013 requires the Importer Security Filing. This requirement was designed to screen and protect the United States from harmful goods or intentions which is vital to Homeland Security prior to its arrival.

The possible penalties for late ISF Filing is $5,000 per instance, and total $10,000 per shipment in aggregate if multiple offences are found within the shipment. All ISF's are required to be filed, even if late or goods arrived. Failure to file ISF may result in fines and delays to your shipment when arrived to port, such as costly intensive examinations.


ISF Filing Requirements & Best Practices

  • File your ISF 3-4 days before vessel departure, no later than 24 before loading of vessel.

  • If your ISF is late, you must file immediately. Late shipments still require ISF Filing.

  • Obtain ISF documents from your seller as early as possible. Ask them for ISF documents after you make payment.

Late ISF Filing Fines and Penalties

  • CBP has the right to issue fines of $5,000 per late or erroneous filing, and up to $10,000 for each shipment in aggregate. 

  • CBP can issue "Do Not Load" status message overseas shipping carrier to prevent goods from leaving the country.

  • Goods that are shipped without an ISF Filing can be subject to costly customs exams and holds when arrived to port.