A.N. Deringer, Inc., the international logistics service provider, recently unveiled its electronic solution to satisfy the new Importer Security Filing, “10+2”, requirements. The electronic solution will not only ensure the submission of required data elements in a timely and compliant manner, but will also help importers manage the data in a secure central location, as well as add visibility to their supply chain. Based on a client’s specific processes, Deringer offers two options to enable clients to store and manage pertinent information on all products and assist in making the Importer Security Filing requirements seamless. Deringer’s ISF Solutions Package I allows importers to enter ISF data from their computers via a user-friendly interface. Importers who choose this package are provided with a personalized login and password to a secure portal through which the required data elements are transmitted to CBP. For an importer with limited resources, Deringer’s ISF Solutions Package II may represent a better fit, as with Package II, Deringer’s talented personnel will enter the required ISF data elements on the importer’s behalf

The Importer Security Filing requires importers and carriers to supply new data elements at least 24 hours prior to vessel loading. The elements will allow CBP to further screen cargo for risks prior to it entering the US The final interim rule was published on November 25, 2008. Currently, the Importer Security Filing ruling only applies to ocean shipments that call a US port directly. Initially, shipments moving through a Canadian or Mexican port and trucked to a final US destination would not be affected. The new rule provides for a 60-day period prior to mandatory filings however, Customs is providing the trade with a one-year phased in enforcement period. While CBP will require the data elements 24 hours prior to the loading, Deringer believes that the carriers will request that the data be accepted by CBP 72-96 hours prior to loading to avoid any sailing delays.

These data elements include sensitive information and go much more in-depth than the information currently required by the Automated Manifest System (AMS). CBP has stated that Customs brokers will be given the option to file the normal entry and the 10+2 filing in a unified transmission to help ensure compliance by reducing conflicting data.