According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), enforcement of penalties for violation of the Importer Security Filing (ISF) program are slated to escalate significantly. For shipments on the water on or after June 30, 2016, claims for liquidated damages (LD) initiated by individual CBP ports will no longer be subject to review by CBP headquarters before being issued to importers. In addition, the "three strikes" policy applied to LD claims against importers' bonds will no longer be honored.
As a result of these changes, violators of ISF filing requirements on timeliness, completeness and accuracy will soon be subject to penalties with each individual offense. CBP ports also retain the option to hold cargo instead of, or in addition to, initiating LD claims.
SPARX remains committed to assisting our customers in remaining 100% ISF compliant whenever we are responsible for their filings. If you have questions or concerns related to specific shipments, please feel free to contact your SPARX representative.