Questions About 10+2

  • ISF Management

    Question: I started a new role at a small importer and at times our ISF process can be clunky. We issue POs which are often split, and to make matters worse, suppliers often provide the packing list at the last minute. This leaves little time to verify the information on the ISF, specifically the HTS. […]

  • Which Foreign port does the ISF need to be filed?

    Question: We have been having some issues with late ISF filings, our logistics provider is saying they are providing the port of lading of “the last European port,” but the ISF filing often shows up as late on ACE. My understanding is that the cargo might be loaded at port #1 and then moved to […]

  • ACE ISF Late Report Using Feeder Vessel vs Mother Vessel

    Question: Has anyone noticed ACE’s ISF Late report using the feeder vessel information instead of the mother vessel and therefore incorrectly flagging ISF for shipments as “late”?   We monitor our filings through the ACE report and, when questioned, our filer has responded that the information Customs is reporting is the feeder vessel and not the […]

  • ISF late filing

    QUESTION: We received a liquidated damages penalty for a 28-day late ISF.  Coincidentally, turns out we haven’t been watching these and we have over 400 this year alone.  Some are a few days late, but we have many 30+ days late.  We’re not entirely sure what happened, but are working to fix.  Does anyone know […]

  • ISF filing by shipper’s forwarder

    QUESTION: Our vendor in China ships to us CPT-Long Beach port.  I was unaware the vendor’s broker has been filing the ISF on our behalf instead of our broker doing this.  Don’t they need our POA to file on our behalf?  What are the risks to have them continue filing on our behalf instead of […]


    QUESTION: I am looking for best practice recommendations for ISF Filing where the customs broker and the FF are not the same. Do you have the customs broker file 100% of the time or hold the FF responsible. Pros/Cons of each are greatly appreciated. ************* Answers: Customs broker 100% of the time with SOP instructions […]


    QUESTION: I’m having a hard time understanding ISF Filing Deadlines.  The regulations seem to state that the ISF filing is required at least 24 hours prior to the container being loaded on the vessel destined for the USA.  Our freight forwarders seem to have a different understanding.  If a container is loaded on a vessel […]


    QUESTION: What would be the correct time for ISF filing when you have a feeder vessel and a mother vessel in a overseas shipment? Do we have to file the ISF at least 24 hrs prior to load the container in the feeder vessel or in the mother vessel ? *********** Answers: The ISF needs […]


    QUESTION: My company is discussing setting up a team in Mexico to file the ISF for merchandise coming into the USA, as we are a Customs Broker and I am a licensed broker holding responsibility for a branch office. I have voiced objections under 19 CFR 149.5 C noting that a POA is required as […]

  • ISF Filing

    QUESTION: An overseas supplier provides the US broker with an HTS code to file ISF, based on the supplier’s export clearance requirements. This HTS code differs from the one that should be used for US customs clearance- (same chapter, different 4 digit header). What is the correct process to correct this issue? Does the broker […]


    OT Fact Sheet: Origin Certification Requirements QUESTION: Situation: Multiple suppliers consolidated on a single container. The entire container is destined for a single US consignee/IOR. If the freight forwarder has separate house bills for each supplier, but since the entire container is a single IOR, can the carrier file only the Master BL in AMS, […]

  • ISF 5 vs ISF 10 Filings

    QUESTION: We are an importer that handles our own ISFs for ocean shipments. We frequently have shipments which transship in Canada to be railed into the US. My understanding has always been that no ISF-10 needs to be filed for these shipments and that an ISF-5 should be filed by the carrier or NVOCC for […]