GT Nexus has launched a new service, Easy ISF, to help US importers comply with the so-called ’10+2′ requirements introduced by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) earlier this year, also known as the Importer Security Filing (ISF) rule. For a flat monthly fee of US$295, users can make unlimited 10+2 filings directly to CBP using the GT Nexus industry trade and logistics portal, and then manage responses online.
Commonly referred to as 10+2, the new rule requires US importers to file 10 pieces of information related to their inbound container shipments 24 hours before the ocean vessel is loaded at the port of origin. Full enforcement of the rule begins 26 January 2010, and includes the threat of fines of up to US$5,000 per container, plus shipment delays, in cases of non-compliance.
“The 10+2 rule has the importer community scrambling,” said Greg Johnsen, executive vice president and founder at GT Nexus. “Importers and their partners are having a hard time assembling the required information 24 hours before vessels are loaded at origin. Since the GT Nexus Portal is already the ocean industry utility for managing end-to-end ocean shipment information, this service is a natural extension for us.”
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