May 14,2015 will be the final phase of ISF Full Enforcement by CBP.
There are several issues that are very critical for importers to note as enforcement comes into full effect.
1. Importers are ultimately responsible for the timely, complete, and accurate submission of ISF. ISF must be submitted 24 hours before the goods are loaded on the vessel which will arrive to the United States.
2. If ISF has not been filed on time, file the ISF even if it is late. It is better to file late than not to file at all.
3. Bill of Lading Mismatch: Importers must accurately provide the Master Bill of Lading Number and House Bill of Lading Number to have a B/L match. Otherwise, it will appear to Customs as though the importer has not filed an ISF at all. This is critical for Consolidated shipments.
4. When ISF has been successfully filed and there is a change on the Bill of Lading or any other information, the importer must let their broker know of any updates as soon as possible so that the appropriate changes can be transmitted to CBP.
Customs will continue to focus on repetitive and significant late ISF Filings. First time offenders might have a chance of penalties to be mitigated, but repetitive offenders will be penalized.