10 + 2 Importer Security Filing: It's About More than Filing 10 Data Elements
10+2 is often viewed initially as "my broker will do it" or similar comment by Importers. The filing process may not be straightforward and may be challenging, especially for small-medium enterprises (SMEs) that are trading partners. This includes importers, forwarders, customs brokers and others. Some key issues are:

1. Who is the Importer responsible for ISF filing? The Importer for ISF filing is "the party causing goods to arrive within the port limits of the United States." This basically means the goods' owner, purchaser, consignee or authorized agent. An authorized third-party agent can file on behalf of the ISF Importer.

2. How will data be gathered? The data elements are not known by any one party. They are known by multiple parties in the transaction. This is important, and the data must be accurate. A technology that enables multiple parties to input their data is required.

3. How will Importer gather the data in time? The ISF should be made 24 hours prior to loading cargo on the vessel for 8 of the data elements and no later than 24 hours prior to cargo arrival for 2 of the elements. These put a premium on collaboration among all partners.

4. Are there penalties? During the initial twelve months of compliance, CBP has indicated it will not assign penalties. After January 26, 2010, cargo may not be loaded on planned vessels because the initial ISF was not filed timely and accurately. Improper ISFs can result in liquidated damages of $5000 for each ISF violation. The Importer must secure a bond.

10+2 is more than just a systems topic for electronic filing...
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How Trucking Can Stand Out in Today's Cargo Market
Security regulations, looming tax initiatives, fuel price volatility and air cargo lift capacity after DHL Express's departure from the U.S. market, lead the list of concerns of many trucking company officials in 2009.
While the near-term domestic and global air cargo forecast is...
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Freightgate Adds Carbon-Footprint Calculations to PLTX Logistics Platform
Freightgate, a developer of internet-based software for the freight and logistics industry, is now offering carbon-footprint functionality within its PLTX Platform. The service can help companies to capture, analyze and optimize the environmental impact of their logistics and supply-chain operations, the vendor said. Using Freightgate's WISA (What-If Scenario Analysis) tool within the PLTX Platform, users can generate various...
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You Can't Do Global Compliance and Security By Hand
"I can't see supply chain professionals effectively managing global trade processes in a manual environment any longer," says Rennie Alston, president of American River International, a logistics services provider. Time was that moving cargo cost effectively, timely and safely was your only concern, but not any more. Security rules and regulations mandated by various government agencies make compliance management a requirement for any company today. That calls for senior management buy-in, education and training, assessing your internal policies, breaking down silos in your organization and ensuring that your providers are complementing your efforts, Alston says. Automation is the key....
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Going Global Calls for a Whole New Level of Process Collaboration, Aberdeen Study Reveals
So-called multi-enterprise supply chains are the result of companies extending their sourcing, manufacturing and marketing reach globally. With no single business capable of providing all critical functions in-house, there is a pressing need for process integration and collaboration, according to a new report by the Aberdeen Group. Major pressures experienced by companies today include rising costs, global competition and the need to reduce cycle times. To achieve a multi-enterprise supply chain, companies must have two-way electronic connectivity with partners, as well as real process collaboration. The latter term refers to an advanced stage of integration which involves business processes as well as data transfer. Drawing on responses from more than 117 companies, the report finds...
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Labelmaster Publishes 2009 Catalog of Regulatory Compliance Products
Labelmaster, the maker of products for regulatory compliance in transportation, has released its 2009 catalog. The publication features hundreds of new products, including labels, forms, placards, shipping supplies, signs and books. A new Sustainability Section features recyclable labels, 100-percent recycled paper labels, soy-based ink forms, recyclable and reusable placards, recyclable packaging, green pallets and bins, recyclable shipping signs and shipping supplies, and tools for water and waste management. In addition, the 576-page catalog for 2009 contains...
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