Importer Security Filing, or ISF, has been in effect since 2009. However, CBP only recently began full enforcement of ISF-5.
ISF-5 is for cargo passing through the US in the form of Freight Remaining on Board (FROB) or cargo intended to move through the US under a Transportation & Exportation (T&E) or Immediate Exportation (IE) bond. It is called ISF-5 because there are 5 data elements required prior to vessel load, rather than the typical ISF – ISF-10.
CBP published a rule on April 12, 2018 (effective May 14, 2018) which expanded the definition of Importer Security Filing (ISF) Importer for certain types of shipments. The changes were necessary to ensure that the ISF Importer included parties that have a commercial interest in the cargo and have best access to the required data.
CBP is ending its delayed enforcement period for ISF-5 violations and will begin issuing liquidated damages claims for violations of the ISF-5 requirements on March 15, 2019. Filers will want to be compliant before that date to avoid penalties.
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