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Importer Security Filing Enforcement Toughened at Los Angeles/Long Beach

Thursday, October 02, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the seaport of Los Angeles/Long Beach has announced that as of Oct. 1 it will place manifest holds on all cargo (full container loads and consolidated loads) that does not have an importer security filing on file 72 hours before vessel arrival. CBP will review the ISF information filed to determine if it warrants additional enforcement actions, which may include liquidated damages for repeat offenders for not filing ISF information.

According to the port, CBP’s ISF enforcement strategy requires all ISF information on a shipment bound for the U.S. to be submitted to CBP 24 hours prior to lading on the vessel at the foreign port. However, CBP at the L.A./Long Beach seaport had been enforcing this policy 48 hours prior to vessel arrival. The port’s notice did not explain why this approach was adopted or why the enforcement posture is now being increased.

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