Amit Zalait

The author is the CMO of eezyimport


December 26, 2019 · 5 min read •

About ISF

The  ISF (Importer Security Filing), also known as ISF (10+2) or just “10+2” is a filing required by the CBP, and is an integral part of the US customs clearance process.

In January 2009, the CBP published a new regulation mandated for ocean cargo imports only.

The information submitted in ISF improves U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) ability to identify high-risk shipments in order to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security.

Filing the ISF is the responsibility of the importer, and the information must be transmitted to the CBP  at least 24 hours before goods are loaded onboard a vessel to the USA.  Failure to comply with the rule could ultimately result in monetary penalties up to $5000, increased inspections, and delay of cargo. Before learning how to file ISF, let us find more about the types of ISF.

Types of ISF

ISF 5 – is for cargo passing through the U.S. 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. The name  ISF-5 is because there are only 5 data elements required prior to vessel loading, rather than the typical ISF-10.  

ISF 10+2 – The most Required filing form, The ISF 10+2  filing, only affects ocean vessel imports. It does not affect cargo imports entering the U.S. by other modes of transportation.

How to file ISF?

As an Importer, You Can File Your Own ISF. You can legally file your ISF by yourself under the CBP regulations with no need for a customs broker help.

This DIY method can shorten filing times as well as save money on any ISF filing.

To find more about the most efficient and cheapest way to file your own ISF:

The ISF form has several mandatory fields of information about the goods, the supplier and the importer:

1.Importer identified numbers (EIN or SSN), name and address.

2.Consignee identified number(s)

3.Buyer (or owner) name and address.

4.Ship-to name and address

5.Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address.

6.Seller name and address.

7.Container stuffing location

8.Consolidator (stuffer) name and address

9.Country of origin

10.Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number (HTS code first 6 digits)

11.Master bill of lading number

12.House bill of lading number (if applicable)

ISF filing requirements:

There are several basic requirements for DIY ISF filing:

1.U.S. Legal Entity – EIN or SSN.-Bill of lading and Commercial Invoice

2.International classification HTS 6-digit numbers for your products

3.Customs Bond (single or continuous) needed only if cargo value is above 2500$

If you fulfill these requirements the process of self-filing your ISF is self-explanatory and straightforward,  you do not need to fill out forms manually, all you have to do is fill in the relevant fields online, pay only $10, and automatically submit your application to CBP

After the ISF is sent, you will receive regular updates from the system regarding the status of the application, until the ISF is approved by the CBP  or completion/repairs needed by the CBP.

If completion is required, you can make the required repairs and submit an updated ISF with no additional fees.

So our top advises to you:

1.DON’T wait for the last minute, file your ISF as soon as you can to avoid CBP fines and penalties

2.File your ISF by yourself; it’s easy and cost-effective.


image courtesy: Eezyimport 

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