Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Importer Security Filing “10+2” Update

In May, the Federal Register published the regulatory agendas for various government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. The comment period for the implementation of 10+2 ended on March 18, 2008. Almost 200 comments were submitted in response to the proposed rulemaking have been published for review. Click here to view some of the comments. According the information published in the Federal Register, CBP projects that they will issue the final 10+2 rule sometime in September.

As we posted in September 2007 and February 2008, the Importer Security Filing rule will require that carriers and importers submit additional data elements by EDI. CBP states that collection of this information will enhance targeting and risk analysis capabilities, improve facilitation of lawful trade, and is required by the SAFE Port Act 203. In addition to the new reporting requirements, the rule also proposes to amend 19 CFR 113.62 to include payment of liquidated damages for violations of the proposed regulations. The principal could be liable for damages equal to the value of the merchandise for failure to comply with the regulations. Additional penalties of $5,000 per violation could be imposed for failure to comply with container status messages.

Even though the final rule will not be published until September and the implementation is likely to be phased in over 8 to 12 months, importers, brokers, forwarders and carriers need to prepare now.

Someone within your organization needs to have responsibility for obtaining the required information. For importers, should this responsibility be delegated to Customs Compliance, Logistics, or some combination of parties? Who will transmit the information – your company or an agent? Remember that the importer is solely responsible for submitting the information, but an agent may submit it if they have a power of attorney. For brokers, how will you manage this process with clients? What changes will need to be made to the software and other electronic data systems?

Take action now to avoid costly delays in cargo delivery later!

1 comment:

randy said...

Yes definitely the entire industry needs to be preparing now. It is hard to determine when exactly this will go into effect, or more importantly, when fines will actually begin to be assessed. -R.Storey, IES, Ltd.