ISF-5 Enforcement Begins March 15, 2019

Posted on February 22, 2019

Liquidated damage claims for ISF-5 violations were to be enforced by CBP starting on January 21, 2019. However, due to the government shutdown and accompanying funding lapse, the implementation was delayed.

CBP outlines the enforcement in Cargo System Message CSMS #19-000063. Stating that:

CBP is ending its delayed enforcement period for ISF-5 violations and will begin issuing liquidated damages claims for violations of the ISF-5 requirements on March 15, 2019. Please ensure that you are in compliance before that time.

ISF-5 is mainly for Freight Remaining Onboard (FROB), as well as Immediate Export (IE) and Transportation and Exportation (TE) Bonds.

For an ISF-5 filing to be correct and timely, the following 5 fields must be filed prior to vessel load:

  1. Booking Party
  2. Foreign Port of Unlading
  3. Place of Delivery
  4. Ship to Party
  5. Commodity HTSUS Number

If you have additional questions about ISF compliance or any trade related matter, please contact Allyn at

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