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  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. 


 Vessel Sailing Information: The Bill of Lading numbers when considered should be the 11th element to the ISF Filing. The bill of lading numbers ties in your shipment with the ISF information submitted to CBP.

Carrier's Responsibility: The other 2 elements are provided to CBP by the carrier or steamship line:

  1. Vessel stow plan

  2. Container status message

So what is an ISF Filing? There are 10 main elements in which the Importer is responsible to submit to CBP along with the vessel sailing information and bill of lading numbers. The other 2 elements are submitted by your shipping carrier such as vessel stow plan and status messages. Once we receive your ISF documents we will combine all this information for submission to CBP for the ISF Filing. 

What is contained in a ISF-Filing?

Bonds are required for all ISF Filings. Either a Single ISF Bond or Continuous Bond can be used for the ISF Filing. 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.

Bond Requirements for ISF Filing

ISF's can be updated before the shipment arrives to the first US Port. If there are any changes to the bill of lading number, or any of the other 10 ISF data elements, this can be updated. Any pertaining to the dates, such as ETD and ETA does not require the ISF to be updated. The dates are automatically updated by the bill of lading numbers which the carrier will update in AMS with customs.

Updating or Revising an ISF Filing

How can I file my ISF to U.S. Customs?

Importer's can use our ISF Webfile form above to file your ISF. Simply upload your ISF documents and proofs of ID, and we will handle the rest. 

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.

Is 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.

How long will it take to have my ISF filed?

After your ISF is submitted to us. Please allow up to 6 hours to receive your ISF Filing confirmation. 

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