Effective July 9, 2013, US Customs will now add liquidated damages to its arsenal of enforcement options for ISF violations. CBP has essentially given ISF filers a nearly 4 1/2 year grace period from this type of enforcement, relying on manifest holds and “non-intrusive inspections” to address violations up to now. Next month, CBP can issue liquidated damages of $5,000 per violation for the submission of an inaccurate, incomplete or untimely 10 + 2 filing.
Given that CBP has raised the ante, importers may wish to avoid relying on third parties, and take control by self-filing their ISFs. No license is required to do so, and self-filing is easy with our Customs-certified software.