Customs to Begin Full Enforcement of ISF July 9, 2013

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that they will begin full enforcement of the Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) on July 9, 2013. To date, CBP has been applying a measured and commonsense approach to ISF enforcement. The existing liquidated damages provisions will be employed. While there may be multiple errors on an ISF transmission, in accordance with the guidelines for the assessment and cancellation of claims for liquidated damages for failure to comply with ISF requirements, CBP may assess a claim for liquidated damages as follows: $5,000 per late ISF, $5,000 per inaccurate ISF, and $5,000 for the first inaccurate ISF update. Customs has stressed that every liquidated damages enforcement action instituted at the port level will be reviewed by CBP headquarters prior to issuance.

Information, including FAQs, regarding ISF may be found on the Customs website.

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