Stepped-up enforcement makes compliance critical

Just like bad weather, a delinquent document can create havoc for shippers.

Consider, for example, new concerns regarding an old rule affecting container shipping. Around the horn, we are hearing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is tightening enforcement of the Importer Security Filing (ISF) – the so-called 10+2.

In a nutshell, the rule requires a batch of information to be filed with the agency at least 24 hours before goods are loaded onto a container ship headed to the United States. The disclosure document – which can be filed electronically — is intended to enhance security by identifying low-risk and high-risk shipments.

The rule – with a history reaching back two decades – has been unevenly and intermittently enforced. Lately, however, customs officials have been getting tougher.

The team at ICAT Logistics Detroit learned of a domestic company recently penalized for failing to appropriately file an ISF to clear the way for a shipment recently on the West Coast. A review showed a 10+2 had been sent to the wrong place.

Failure to comply can trigger a $5,000 fine, or more. Fines can be levied for filings that are late, or incomplete, among other failings.

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