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Issues and Challenges

With Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulations, also known as 10 + 2, now in effect for the United States, many organizations are still struggling to achieve 100% timely and accurate filings. Importers of record are well aware of the costs associated with the program as fines are a possibility for any infraction and broker fees average $30 per ISF filing. However, many still do not understand the full extent of their responsibilities and how best to comply.

The goal of the ISF is to gather increased information on imports sooner so U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can recognize high-risk shipments in advance of unloading at American ports. With ISF's precise data requirements and strict time frames, many importers are still having difficulty achieving 100% ISF compliance in a cost-effective manner.

When an importer of record files an incomplete, inaccurate or late ISF, CBP can assess fines or actively prevent goods from arriving at their destination. CBP can send a "do not load" (DNL) order to the foreign port, where the carrier will not be allowed to load the goods onto the ship. CBP can also prevent unloading from the vessel, require additional inspections, return a shipment or even confiscate the goods. Any of these actions will disrupt the supply chain and could result in lost business or a negative impact on customer satisfaction.

How Amber Road Can Help

Amber Road's Importer Security Filing solution automates compliance with the preparation and submission of all data reporting requirements for the ISF directly to CBP or to a designated agent for filing. After receiving an advanced shipment notice (ASN), the system leverages shipment transaction data to perform all ISF related validation and file preparation. The filed ISF is subsequently tracked for CBP confirmation and disposition statuses. Finally, the shipment data used to prepare the ISF is further validated to prepare for the actual entry filing, saving time and minimizing cost and errors due to double data entry or multiple hand-offs. This shipment record is also used as a source of comparison to the actual entry submitted to CBP, to ensure compliance requirements are met. With Amber Road's solution, importers can reduce broker fees, improve inbound supply visibility and enhance compliance performance.


Features Benefits

Pre-customs entry

Collect all required information from purchase order, commercial invoice and ASN
Validate and prepare the Importer Security Filing (ISF) and Entry Filing

ISF visibility

Gain complete purchase order visibility throughout the pre-customs and security filing process                                                                                                                                                                                
Track all filed versions for complete audits
Receive ISF confirmations from CBP as well as disposition statuses


Reduce costs with the self-filing option

Trade Compliance

Conducting global trade is enormously complex due to regulatory controls and reporting requirements. Companies must stay in compliance.

Amber Road’s solutions automate all compliance functions. Our solution performs restricted party screening against blacklists, determines import and export license requirements, generates shipping documents to file with government agencies and creates a complete audit trail.


AgilentCiscoDonaldsonGeneral ElectricLeggett & PlattUPS

“Since implementing the solution, we’ve been able to completely standardize our processes from a Customs perspective and get more productivity out of our global trade.”


Director Global Trade & Security
Agilent Technologies


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