ISF Filing for Ocean Imports to USA

Importer Security Filing (ISF 10+2) is a mandatory program instituted by U.S. Customs to add an extra layer of security and accountability to imports coming into the United States. In basic terms, an ISF Filing informs US Customs who is importing goods, who is shipping the goods, and what the goods are, before the shipment enters the United States.  Cleared and Delivered makes Importer Security Filing (ISF 10+2) fast and easy. Just fill out the application form and let our agents guide you through the process.

Why do I need to file an ISF?

Before merchandise arriving by vessel can be imported into the United States, the “Importer Security Filing (ISF) Importer,” or their agent (e.g., licensed customs broker) must electronically submit certain advance cargo information 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. Failure to file leaves the importer non compliant with US Customs and therefore, subject to fines and penalties.

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ISF Filing, ISF 10+2 filing for ocean imports to USA


Importer of record responsible for filing ISF

The Importer is required to submit the Importer Security Filing. The Importer is the party causing the goods to arrive within the limits of a port in the United States by vessel. Typically, the Importer is the goods’ owner, purchaser, consignee, or agent such as a licensed customs broker. However, for foreign cargo remaining on board, the Importer is the carrier. For immediate exportation and transportation and exportation in-bond shipments, and goods to be delivered to a foreign trade zone (FTZ), the Importer is the party filing the documentation

Required ISF Data Fields

  • Seller
  • Buyer
  • Importer of record number
  • Identification number
  • Consignee number(s)
  • Manufacturer (or supplier)
  • Ship to party
  • Country of origin
  • Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule
  • The United States (HTSUS) Number

Secondary ISF Fields

Importers have flexibility with respect to the submission of these data elements. For these data elements, importers may submit a range of acceptable responses based on facts available to the ISF Importer at the time of submission.

  • Container stuffing location
  • Consolidator

Data for FROB, IE and T&E shipments

Importer Security Filings for IE and T&E shipments must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard a vessel destined to the United States and Importer Security Filings for FROB must be submitted any time prior to lading. The following five data elements must be submitted for FROB, IE and T&E shipments:

  • Booking party
  • Foreign port of unlading
  • Place of delivery
  • Ship to party
  • Commodity& HTSUS Number


The following documents must be submitted in order to file your ISF. These should have been provided to you by your supplier, manufacturer in the origin country.

• Bill of Lading

• ISF Info Sheet

• Commercial Invoice

• Company IRS Verification Letter or Personal ID/Drivers License