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What is ISF?

The ISF - Importer Security Filing, also called "10+2," is a customs import requirement of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For security reasons, containerized cargo information must be sent to the agency at least 24 hours before goods are loaded onto a mother vessel headed to the U.S. (not a feeder vessel) for shipment into the U.S.

Bulk goods and a few types of breakbulk cargo do not have to file an ISF. For the rest of the goods, the sorting should be done. including goods in containers.

Submission is served as ISF & Entry service agreement, for us to file your ISF with Customs / Agencies...

  1. For Customs//Agencies to verify your ISF, it takes about 30 minutes - 3 hours.
  2. After ISF has been verified, you will be receiving 3 page ISF Confirmation report (for your record) & one page of Invoice, total 4 pages.
  3. Pay ONLY After, Customs has accepted your ISF (aka back-ground-check of importer, supplier, shipper & Etc)
  4. Pay after, Customs/Agencies has confirmed/approved your ISF:  Payment, Check (personal/ company) or Wire (info will be given with Invoice), No credit-card for security issues.
  5. Also, confirmation will be email your supplier/shipper, so they will be able to notify issuer Bill-of-Lading (BL), issuer Arrival-Notice (AN) & load to the Vessel (if they haven't, yet).
  6. Bond's are REQUIREMENT by CustomsAgencies, for all Importer (ISF & Entry), Vessel/Carrier (Loader/ Unloader), issuer of Bill-of-Lading (BL)/ Arrival-Notice (AN) /Air-Way-Bill (AWB), Warehouse, Port/Terminal, Trucker & Etc.
  7. IF your importer-id (aka SSN or EIN) is with-OUT a Continuous Bond (CB)  or  Single ISF Bond (SIB), SIB will be Automatically  apply to your ISF filing, But IF, cargo is subject-to any Agencies, CB ($876.33) will be Automatically apply to your ISF filing, for your convenient.
  8. If your cargo is USED HouseHold Goods (HHG) ISF filing $186 / Late ISF $373.
  9. Most of foreign & international shipping are handle by supplier (except our domestic), Otherwise, you maybe involved with Foreign Export department (Government, Loader & Etc).
  10. Fyi: As owner of Car, you're RESPONSIBLE for all traffic law (not the seller). As owner of cargo, you're RESPONSIBLE for all import law (not your supplier, nor anyone)
  11. Fyi: Don't expect Foreign-person (supplier/ seller/ shipper / 10,000 miles away) to know OUR Import-Laws, nor to advise/help you with our Domestic-Laws.

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