FINAL RULE FOR IMPORTER SECURITY FILING AND ADDITIONAL CARRIER REQUIREMENTS (10 + 2) TO BE ISSUED IN SEPTEMBER

The proposed Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulations mandate that an importer or its agent transmit 10 data elements per ocean house Bill of Lading to be transmitted to Customs and Border Protection 24 hours prior to lading the goods on a vessel destined for the USA. Carriers must also submit 2 additional categories of data elements.

CBP has posted to its website nine draft security filing transaction sets. These transaction sets provide records and other information that will allow ISF data elements to be transmitted to CBP. The draft data sets may be found on CBP’s website at the following link:

Draft Security Filing Transaction Sets

The 10 data elements are listed below.

  • Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address 
  • Seller (or owner) name and address 
  • Buyer (or owner) name and address
  • Ship-to name and address
  • Container stuffing location
  • Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
  • Importer of Record number/foreign trade zone applicant identification number 
  • Consignee(s) number(s)
  • Country of origin
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule number

The additional 2 elements are

(1) a vessel stow plan used to transmit information about the physical location of cargo loaded aboard a vessel bound for the U.S., and

(2) container status message, which reports container movements and changes in status (empty or full).

Importers and carriers are encouraged to do as much as possible to prepare for the upcoming changes as they will have a significant impact on ocean trade.