New Importer Security Filing Rule Implemented on Jan. 26, 2009

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On January 26, 2009, the new importer security filing rule (commonly known as "10+2" due to the additional 10 data elements that importers must provide to the government and 2 additional data elements that carriers must provide) went into effect. The rule was implemented as scheduled despite the new administrations request to delay any new or pending regulations for 60 days.

The new rule is subject to a "structured review and flexible enforcement period" of one year. As such, bonds for the importer security filing (ISF) will not be required and liquidated damages or do not load messages will not be issued for the simple failure to file the ISF until after January 26, 2010. 

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has provided outreach informational sessions to importers across the country and has posted a 36 page FAQ document, as well as other helpful information, on itswebsite.