Descartes Systems Group has released its latest software application to aid users in complying with the most recent set of Importer Security Filing (ISF) rules of U.S. Customs & Border Protection. The tool helps customers to prepare for the Jan. 26, 2010 deadline for full enforcement of the law, also known as the 10+2 rule. On that date, CBP will begin assessing penalties for failure to comply with ISF. The rule requires importers to provide the agency with 10 additional data elements about inbound ocean shipments at least 24 hours prior to a vessel's departure from the origin port. Ocean carriers are required to provide two additional data messages at least 48 hours prior to the ship's sailing. The latest release of the Descartes ISF service incorporates the recommendations of the Descartes 10+2 Readiness Program, the vendor's Customs Working Groups and customers that are already processing ISF filings. Enhancements include the addition of operational data elements that allow users to collect non-mandatory data elements within the ISF data-entry functions; expanded filtering and search capability and use of operational data elements; extended e-alerts functionality for improved exception monitoring; a new parts database to support Harmonized Tariff Schedule classifications; and updated user permissions.
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