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Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement Procedures



The purpose of this Public Bulletin is to notify the Los Angeles/LongBeach Seaport importing community of the commencement date for enhanced for non-compliance of the Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) requirements.


As previously posted on the CBP website on June 7, 2013, U.S> Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has completed preparations to begin the next phase of the Importer Security Filing (ISF) enforcement process. The ISF rules require importers and vessel-operating carriers to provide additional advance trade data on cattle shipments to CBP 24-hours prior to vessel lading, pursuant to Section 203 of theta Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port Act) of 2006.

The Intern Final Ruling (IFR) was officially published in the Federal register with tan fictive date of January 26, 2009. The IFR included a 1-year delay enforcement (informed compliance)period which concluded on January 25, 2010. due to the continued non-compliance of the ISF requirements, the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport will now apply enhanced enforcement measures to improve ISF compliance.


Beginning July 15,2013, CBP in Los Angeles/Long BEach will make use of the newly activated cargo holds in the Automated Cargo Environment (ACE) system to address non-compliance without he ISF rule, CBP ill hold all non-compliant OSF shipments at the terminal until the required ISF is filed. Once the ISF data is received and a security assessment is made, additional enforcement actions including Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) and.or intrusive exams may be initiated. CBP may also assess liquidated damages up to $5,000 per violation as warranted. Costly and untimely delays in cargo processing can be avoided through compliance with the ISF rule.

The chart below explains the updated codes.


If you have any questions, please contact a CBP Supervisor at (310) 847-4770 or please visit for more information.


Air Freight

Carlos C. Martel
Port Director
Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport