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June 10, 2013
CBP Announces Liquidated Damages for ISF Non-Compliance

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the initiation of liquidated damages for Importer Security Filing (ISF) non-compliance in the Customs and Border Protection Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #13-000298, effective July 9, 2013.

According to the CSMS, “On July 9, 2013 CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF, and will start issuing liquidated damages against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance.”  On June 6, 2013, The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. released a Special NCBFAA Announcement stating that:

The enforcement actions will not apply to the ISF 5s, which apply to goods transiting, but not remaining in, the U.S. This includes goods moving on immediate export or transportation and exportation bond moves and to freight remaining on board. CBP stressed that every liquidated damages enforcement action instituted by a port will be reviewed by CBP headquarters personnel before issuance.

As a reminder, FedEx Trade Networks can file ISF on your behalf. To learn more about this service, go to: http://www.ftn.fedex.com/us/services/isf.shtml.

To learn more about ISF, please see the FAQ and related documents posted on the CBP website: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/carriers/security_filing/.

For a complete list of office locations go to http://www.ftn.fedex.com/us/locations.

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