ISF Filing

What is Importer Security Filing (ISF)?

Importer Security Filing is a mandatory Customs Border Protection regulation which requires all importers receiving cargo by ocean vessel to provide advanced shipment information to CBP prior to leaving port.

Who files my ISF and when?

Your Customs Broker will file ISF on your behalf at least 24 hours prior to cargo leaving its port of origin.

What happens if ISF is not performed?

Failure to file your ISF can lead to stiff penalties, increased cargo inspection, and an overall delay in receiving your cargo. Penalties range from $5,000 USD – $100,000 USD

What Information is required to file an ISF?

ISF requires 10 separate data elements. They are listed as follows:

  • Supplier (or manufacturer) name & address– the company or person that manufactured the goods or the last company/person that modified it
  • Vendor name & address– The company/person which purchased the goods.
  • Buyer (importer of record) name & address– The person or company purchasing the goods.
  • Ship-to name & address– the physical location / final destination of the goods.
  • Container stuffing location– The name and address of the location where the goods were placed into the container. If placed into the container in more than one location, all locations must be listed.
  • Consolidator name & address– the party who physically stuffed the container or arranged for it. If the vendor or manufacturer of the goods stuffed the container, then they would be considered the consolidator
  • ISF importer (importer assigned) number– The IRS number, employee identification number, social security number, or CBP assigned number of the party responsible for the goods entering the United States. This may or may not be the importer of record; it can be the owner, consignee, or agent.
  • Consignee identification number– The IRS number, employee identification number, social security number, or CBP assigned number of the U.S consignee. This party must be located in the United States.
  • Country of origin– The country where the goods were produced or grown
  • HTS codes– Harmonized Tarif Schedule numbers with a minimum of 6 digits
  • Bill of lading number– Either the house or straight bill of lading number, whichever is lowest.

How do I submit my ISF filing to eTon USA?

ISF filing data is uploaded along with your commercial invoice when submitting a request for clearance.