Importer Security Filing (“10+2”): Enforcement Procedure Updates

The Importer Security Filing (ISF) rule, also known as ISF 10+2, relates to import cargo coming into the U.S. via ocean vessel. The rule states that an ISF Importer, or their agent, must electronically submit certain advance cargo information to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) before the goods arrive into the U.S. It is important to note that bulk cargo is not subject to this rule.

Customs Updates its Focused Assessment and Audit Guidelines

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has updated its Focused Assessment (FA) and audit guidelines for the first time since 2003. FAs assess an importer’s internal controls and identify possible issues to ensure compliance with Customs law and regulations.

The Encryption Craze: The Wind Rivers Case

On October 8, 2014 BIS announced that it issued a penalty of $750,000 against Wind River Systems, a subsidiary of Intel, for the unlawful exportation of encryption software products to foreign government end-users and to organizations on the BIS Entity List.

What the Heck is Drawback and How Do I Use It?

Early in my career I took a position as Import Manager at Hughes Aircraft Company, an aerospace company in California. Hughes had imported a small natural diamond window (the size of a penny), from the Netherlands for use in a spacecraft.