ISF filing is required by all shipments entering the United States on ocean vessel.
This means that all goods entering the US via ship are required to provide 10 new
data elements. Two additional items must be submitted by the carrier. From 26 th
January 2010 US Customs Border Protection (CBP) will impose penalties for
breaches of ISF filing.
ATA Carnets are not exempt from importer security filing (ISF, also known as 10+2).
However, ATA Carnet shipments ARE exempt from posting the bond required of
other shipments entering or re-entering the US via vessel. Except for the provision of
the six digit HTSUS codes, the information needed to complete the ISF can be found
on the Carnet or available from the broker clearing the entry.
ATA Carnet Interpretation of 10+2
CBP has modified its computer system to accept nine types of coded transactions, of
which Carnet is 06. Details on how to complete an ISF for Carnet goods:
Requirements 1-4 “Importer of record, consignee, buyer or owner, and seller
or owner.” The holder name as listed in Box A of the Carnet will meet CBP
Requirement 5 “Ship to parties or to whom the goods are going.” This can be
a trade show, a customer, a warehouse or the holder
Requirement 6 “Manufacturer and last foreign address.” For Carnet purposes
means the owner of the goods which is the holder. Also provide an address
where the goods were last located, for example a trade show, job site or client
Requirement 7 “Country of origin.” For Carnet purposes means the places
where the Carnet and the goods have visited. The Customs stamps on the
Carnet counterfoils should be sufficient to determine which countries were
Requirement 8 “HTS code.” A licensed broker must classify the goods to the
6 digit level
Requirement 9 “Consolidator.” The entity/person who packed the container
prior to departure. This name should be known to the broker or freight
Requirement 10 “Location where the consolidator packed the container.” This
information should be readily available to the broker or freight forwarder
The additional 2 data requirements will be provided by the vessel operator
and are not specific to each individual shipment.
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