New ISF Enforcement Strategy Implemented by CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that they are taking another step in its measured ISF enforcement strategy.  There are still many shipment arriving without the Importer Security Filing (ISF) matched to the manifest for ocean shipments arriving at United States ports of entry. CBP needs the advance data to properly assess the security risks of the arriving cargo. While some penalty cases were issued when CBP began its first measured enforcement up until the past May 13, CBP has not been issuing penalty cases for liquidated damages for ISF violations for some time. They have been holding cargo for the missing data in many ports.

Under the new measured enforcement that went into effect on May 13, 2014, CBP at the local Ports can begin actions for those shipments that do not have the ISF matched to the bill of lading on a manifest before the vessel arrives in most Ports. While the law clearly calls for the ISF to be filed before the vessel is loaded, CBP will, for now, require the data be received and matched generally 48 hours before the vessel arrives for ISF violation review.  There will be different time frames for voyages that have a less than 48 hours time frames from the time of departure to the actual arrival. The Ports with those challenges will set reasonable time frames for the data to be received to do proper security review.  Read Full Article…

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