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Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements


Reminder to the Market

On January 26, 2009 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started enforcing the Importer Security Filing (ISF) filing requirements on cargo coming into the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, Caribbean, and Bahamas. Customers are responsible to handle the ISF through their agent or custom’s broker. If the ISF is not filed, cargo will not move and in addition CBP may issue liquidated damages of $5,000 per violation for the submission of an inaccurate, incomplete or untimely filing. Please make note there has been a heightened effort recently enforcing this regulation. This requirement only applies to cargo arriving into the U.S. by ocean vessel, it does not apply to cargo arriving by other modes of transportation.

For more detailed information about the Importer Security Filing, please visit the CBP website at

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