On July 15, 2010, CBP posted updates to its Importer Security Filings (ISF) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), which indicate that CBP plans to develop a system to accept ISF online. The ISF, or 10 + 2 Rule, requires importers and carriers to submit additional information before CBP will grant cargo entry into the United States. No earlier than August 2010, public use of the new online portal will be available on a very limited basis. Importers or carriers who use the new ISF system will be limited to two filings per day and a maximum of 12 filings per year.

CBP further updated its ISF FAQ to emphasize that ISF progress reports will not serve as an enforcement mechanism, but rather are intended to assist importers in assessing their level of participation in the program. CBP currently allows Tier 3 Customs- Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Tier 2 C-TPAT members the opportunity to register with CBP to receive their ISF progress reports directly from CBP. All other ISF importers must obtain a copy of their ISF progress report from their authorized ISF filer.

For more information on the 10 + 2 Rule, please see previous issues of this newsletter.