Importer Security Filing (ISF), also known 10+2, is a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation requiring importers and vessel carriers to provide advance data elements electronically to CBP for non-bulk cargo shipments in-bound into United States by vessel. The focus of this initiative is to improve CBP's ability to recognize high-risk shipments in advance to ensure the safety of America's borders. ISF penalties are being issued for late or inaccurate filings. Importer Security Filing secured by a Customs bond.


U.S. Customs will be providing ISF report cards to importers who request them. This is to be used as educational tool for reflection on ISFs filed by the importer. Since we are still in a non penalty phase ISF filers should be using this report to understand the timeliness and accuracy of their filings.


It is the importer's responsibility to ensure that ISF is filed and all information is accurate; failure to provide the 10 data elements to CBP on time will result in penalties equal to value of the shipment.
If you're an importer, you need to be prepared to submit this information to CBP, also you need to ensure that your carriers are prepared to provide additional information as well.


1. Vessel Stow Plan
2. Container Status Messages, including container movements and changes in status (e.g., empty or full).


This information will be used to help CBP and the Department of Homeland Security to better assess and identify high-risk shipments from entering the United States. 10+2 information will be used by US Customs Automated Targeting System to analyze shipment information and flag containers that require further examination.


The Federal Register announced the final approval for the "10+2" Rule on November 25, 2008; the Rule officially comes into effect on January 25, 2009.
CBP has announced a one-year period of "informed compliance" from that date, to help importers and carriers adapt to new rules without any threat of fines.


Inform your staff and trade chain partners of the new ruling and its requirements; consider how you will collect required data; ensure you are using correct and updated HTSUS numbers; and be prepared to start submitting additional information when the rule is passed.