Exploring the ramifications of the new Importer Security Filing (ISF) for marine cargo, the latest program in a stream of U.S. Customs security initiatives, Melissa Irmen, vice-president of products and strategy for Charlotte, N.C.-based software developer Integration Point, Inc., specializing in assisting global logistics and transportation operations through the automation of export and import processes, told conference attendees that if they are importing goods to the U.S. they will soon be required to do an ISF (commonly known as “10+2”). It requires importers to provide significant advance information about the parties involved in import transactions to enable security screening before cargo is loaded to a vessel. Penalties for non-compliant importers begin when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) starts enforcing the rule in late January.

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, this week announced the recipients of its 2009 Green Supply Chain Awards, highlighting companies that stand out for their projects to incorporate sustainability objectives into their own supply chains or to enable sustainability in their customers' supply chain.

The 2009 Green Supply Chain Awards recognizes companies that are taking steps to realize green or sustainable supply chain objectives within their own operations and/or supply chains, in the areas of Sourcing/Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Operations, Product Lifecycle Management, and other areas of the supply chain. The awards also recognize providers of supply chain solutions and services that are assisting their customers in meeting green or sustainable supply chain goals.

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The two biggest steps for successfully complying with the Importer Security Filing requirements:

  • Fully understand one's supply chain and the parties who have the various pieces of required data
  • Intense internal and external communication

That's according to Virginia Thompson, manager of import/export operations and compliance at Crate & Barrel. She and other industry representatives spoke on a panel at U.S. Customs and Border Protection's annual Trade Symposium in Washington to describe some of the best practices and pitfalls companies are encountering as they ramp up for the Jan. 26 enforcement deadline.

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Compliance enforcement for the Importer Security Filing (or 10+2) begins on January 26, 2010. As importers struggle to compile the necessary information and submit documentation with the stated 24-hour timeframe, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has made it clear - if you don't have a process in place to meet 10+2 requirements, you will be fined.

For companies still working on their compliance strategy, global trade management specialist Integration Point says it has a solution that can prevent non-compliance while efficiently managing the compilation and filing of all necessary data.

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