Beginning Jan. 26, 2009, importers will be required to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection with additional data elements 24 hours prior to lading for all shipments inbound to the United States.
Importers will have to include ten data elements on each ISF, including information that identifies the manufacturer, supplier, seller, buyer and consignee; the country of origin and tariff classification number; where and by whom the goods were stuffed into the container; and the party responsible for compliance with applicable import requirements. Five data elements will be required for shipments consisting entirely of Freight Remaining On Board cargo or goods intended to be transported in-bond as an immediate entry or transportation and exportation entry, including who is paying for the transportation of the goods and where the goods are headed. CBP's goal is to have all data elements filed 24 hours prior to lading; however, CBP has allowed for some flexibility either in timing or interpretation for six of the data elements. It is important to note that importers will be legally responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of the ISF, regardless of whether a broker or other intermediary actually files it.
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