US CBP to begin full ISF enforcement

14 March 2019


Import Security Filing (ISF) is now required to be filed for all ocean shipment. When this system was implemented, US Customs stated that they would fine the importer up to $5,000 USD for each infraction of this new policy. Up until now, they have been lenient and have not consistently enforced these fines.

We have been informed that starting on March 15, 2019 US Customs is going to start enforcing those fines for all importers who are failing to file their ISFs before the 48 hour period.

For instances in which importers elect to have their own broker file the ISF on their behalf – If ISF is not filed within required timeframe, then penalties will be imposed as above.

The penalty will be issued to the Importer.


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