What is ISF?

ISF, short for Importer Security Filing, is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation that affects in-bound ocean shipments to the United States. It requires importers to file data electronically with CBP prior to the shipments departure.

Why? Having knowledge of high-risk shipments beforehand allows the CBP to ensure the safety of U.S. borders.

What are the potential penalties of filing late? There is a fine of $5,000 for filing your ISF late.

Who files and when? An ISF can only be filed by a customs broker and must be filed 72 hours before the departure of the vessel.

How can you ensure that you meet these requirements? Find a Customs Broker.

·        A customs broker is required to ensure your documents are properly filed and helps you to avoid any potential ISF penalties. You are responsible for finding your own broker; we cannot recommend one directly.

·         The U.S. CBP website has a list of customs brokers you can use Here.

Keep in mind:

  • Payments must be made via credit card within 24 hours of invoicing. Failure to do so can incur in additional storage fees at your expense.
  • Since this program is B2B only, we do not provide delivery service to residential areas (only by special request).
  • All shipments are booked to a CFS based on the program. We can arrange residential delivery for a separate quote from the original quote given or the customer can arrange to pick up the shipment from nearest CFS to the customers address.