What is ISF Filing?
Importer Security Filing (ISF), also known as 10+2, is a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation requiring importers and vessel carriers to provide data electronically to CBP for in-bound ocean shipments. ISF improves CBP's ability to recognize high-risk shipments in advance to ensure the safety of America's borders. Customs began enforcing ISF submissions in July 2013, and importers who do not file their ISF 24 hours prior to the cargo being loaded on the vessel destined to the United States face potential fines of up to $5,000 for each infraction.
Web-based ISF Self-Filing
Strix offers web-based software that allows importers to self-file importer security filing (ISF). Self-filing ISFs with our ABI software will decrease the importer's cost as well as increase their compliance and supply chain control. What sets Strix apart from the competition is that we were not developed overnight; we have been providing a direct-filing solution for importers to file their Customs entries for years.
With our intuitive system, you can file ISFs in less than a minute utilizing the following tools:
- Excel template upload
- Templates for repetitive ISF filings
- Multiple Users
- Vendor Access
In addition to the time-saving tools, our system is also web-based, which means importers do not need to purchase software or updates and the system can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. With our low-cost per-ISF pricing, you can edit ISFs and retransmit at no additional cost.
When you use Strix for your ISF filing, you are not flying alone. We offer free online training and free customer service.
Seven Reasons to Self-File Your ISF
Get it right each and every time! Self-filing puts customs compliance in your hands by letting those most familiar with your products and business do the work...your own employees! Fewer mistakes, accurate classifications and on time filing give you the opportunity to increase your compliance rating, decrease the number of exams, and reduce your supply chain time.
Strix offers a comprehensive parts database capability that keeps track of every item you import. This helps you manage and uniformly apply tariff classification, value, country of origin, quantity and Free Trade Agreements. As a result, Strix gives your company the flexibility to quickly adapt to new sourcing strategies.
Self-filing brings processes in-house, ultimately giving you more control and visibility into the important aspects of your supply chain. Unlimited users and cloud-based technology makes Strix available to your team wherever an internet connection is available.
Self-filing not only gives you greater control, but it puts you in closer touch with your foreign vendors and suppliers. If a vendor's documentation falls short of expectations or is incorrect, the mistakes are generally caught faster and repaired sooner. This leads to greater consistency, improved levels of compliance and helps you meet your obligation to exercise reasonable care.
No one knows more about your business, your product lines, or the goods you import than your own employees! This means you can leverage this knowledge to complete Customs documentation quickly and accurately each and every time.
Many companies are as concerned with their level of compliance as they are about saving on costs related to importing. A windfall of savings, depending on your volume, offers itself as another benefit to Self-Filing. Reduced expenses gives your company the opportunity to become more competitive by lowering overall landed costs and increasing the bottom line.
You're either in control or out of control! Self-filing puts you in control of all aspects of the filing process. From classification to the entry to the delivery order, you now dictate the times and execution of your filing, ultimately putting you in the driver's seat!
Importer Security Filing (ISF) Form Requirements
Whether you need to file your ISF Form immediately or looking for a business solution to self-filing numerous ISF's throughout the year, below are the minimum data requirements you will need to get started.
The US importer is responsible for providing:
- Ship to Name & Address
- Importer of Record
- 6 Digit Commodity (HTS)
- Manufacturer Name & Address
- Seller Name & Address
- Container Stuffing Location
- Consolidator Name & Address
- Buyer Name & Address
- Country of Origin of the Goods
The carrier is responsible for providing:
- Vessel Stow Plan
- Container Status Message Data
ISF Filing Report Cards from Customs
CBP provides report cards to importers as an educational tool so the importer can assess their compliance with the ISF requirement. All US importers should use this report to understand the timeliness and accuracy of their filings. Importers can find their ISF Customs report cards through Customs Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
Click Here to Apply for an ACE Account.
If you need assistance in finding the report in ACE, please contact the ACE Help Desk at 1-800-927-8729 or ACE.Support@cbp.dhs.gov.