ISF – Importer Security Filing 

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Importer Security Filing

On January 26, 2009, a new rule was imposed under the name of “Importer Security Filing” and Additional Carrier Requirements went into effect. This rule applies to import cargo arriving to the United States by vessel.

Failure to comply with the new rule can result in penalties, increased inspections upon arrival and delay with delivery of the cargo shipment. The information submitted in Importer Security Filing 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.

Under the ISF rules, before cargo is arriving by vessel and is allowed to be imported into the United States, the “Importer Security Filing (ISF) Importer,” or their agent (e.g., licensed customs broker), must electronically submit cargo information to the American Customs and Border Protection services in the form of an Importer Security Filing. This requirement only applies to cargo arriving in the United States by ocean vessel; it does not apply to cargo arriving by other modes of transportation.

Atlas Line is offering their agents full compliance with the American Importer Security Filing in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection services.

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