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10 + 2 Importer Security Filing (ISF)

The Security and Accountability For Every Port Act (SAFE Port) signed into Law by President Bush in October 2006, sets standards to enhance the visibility of the supply chain for targeting purposes by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security (CBP).

In addition to the current data elements specified under the 24-Hour Rule (19 CFR 4.7(a)), the new ISF is focused on those specific data elements that further identify the entities involved in the supply chain, the entities’ locations, as well as a corroborating and potentially more precise description of the commodities being shipped to the United States. This data will significantly enhance the risk assessment process by enabling CBP to more efficiently separate higher-risk shipments from lower-risk shipments that should be afforded more rapid release decisions. In addition, these additional data elements will enable CBP to make critical decisions during and immediately after elevated alert levels when business resumption is essential to the well being and security of the U.S. economy.

The following ten (10) data elements are required of the importer and are required to be submitted 24 hours prior to loading of the U.S.A. bound vessel. (10 Portion)

  1. Manufacturer name and address *
  2. Seller name and address *
  3. Container stuffing location *
  4. Consolidator name and address *
  5. Buyer name and address *
  6. Ship to name and address *
  7. Importer of record number
  8. Consignee number
  9. Country of origin of the goods *
  10. Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number (6 digit) *

The following data elements are required by the carrier, (Carrier Security Filing) (2 portion):

Vessel Stow Plan

  • vessel name and operator
  • voyage number
  • container operator
  • equipment number, size and type
  • stow position
  • hazmat code
  • load/discharge ports

Container Status Messages

  • terminal container movements
  • change in container status
  • focused on container status messaging set: equipment number
  • event description, date, time and location
  • vessel

As an importer, you should take the following steps to ensure that you comply with the 10 + 2 rule.

  1. Validate who the actual manufacturer is, if other than the seller
  2. Validate who, where and how your containers are being stuffed
  3. When issuing your purchase order, instruct the vendor to supply those elements indicated with * on the commercial invoice.
  4. Initiate discussions today with your vendors of the 10 +2 security filing requirements, requesting that they must make available the information and commercial documents to the ISF filer at least 72 hours prior to loading of the vessel.
  5. Nominate the service provider that will be submitting the 10 + 2 security filing on your behalf.

As a customs/brokerage filer or designated agent, ETB Corporation can transmit this data on your behalf.

For further detailed information on the final interim rule, please visit the following CBP links:

Instructions for completing the 10+2 Template

The template is designed to make it easy for origin to supply the 10+2 data to the destination EMO office. The template lists those items that are required to be filed no later than 24 hours before the shipment is loaded on the vessel. In addition to the template information, we must have the COMMERCIAL INVOICE so that the destination EMO office can classify the invoice with the proper HTS number.


  1. The master and the house bill of lading numbers as filed through the AMS Advanced Manifest filing are required. US Customs will use these numbers to match the 10+2 data with the AMS filing
  2. The seller, buyer manufacturer ship to party and country of origin information is required to be filed no later than 24 hours before loading.
  3. The consignee Federal Identification number is required from origin on DDP shipments where the shipper is the importer of record.
  4. The Container stuffing location and the container stuffer can be filed 24 hours before loading but if this information is not available at that time then filing may be delayed until anytime between loading and 24 hours before arrival in the United States.