Home Furnishing Importer Security Filings

Importer Security Filings

Importer Security Filing, ISF (10 + 2) became mandatory January 26th 2010. ISF is composed of 10 data elements that are required to be sent to US Customs on all home furnishing import shipments arriving via sea-freight into the United States. This information is in addition to and distinct from the AMS data elements that the Steamship lines are required to file with US Customs.

ISF filings must be done prior to your shipment being on board the vessel at its origin point. A few items may be updated in transit; however, it is incumbent on the US Importer to ensure that the filings are done timely and correctly. Customs may assess a $5000 penalty for failing to or incorrectly filing your ISF information.

Your customs broker will need the following information in order to file ISF and / or Customs entry on your behalf:

  1. Customs Power of Attorney
  2. Non-Refundable Customs Bond
  3. Contact with your overseas partners


  • Importer of Record is ultimately responsible for filing
  • Mandatory for all home furnishing imports by Sea Freight (as of January 2010)
  • Penalties: $5000 per shipment
  • Customs Power of Attorney required
  • ISF Customs Bond required
  • ISF must be filed no less than 24 hours prior to your shipment loading on board the vessel overseas.
  • ISF and Customs Clearance are separate transactions
  • No ISF filing is required for air or road freight shipments
  • Shipments without ISF data on file may be issued “Do Not Load” messages at origin


  1. Supplier or Manufacturer
  2. Seller
  3. Consolidator / Forwarder
  4. Container Stuffing Location
  5. Importer of Record or FTZ Applicant
  6. Buyer
  7. Ship to Party / Consignee Number
  8. AMS Waybill Number
  9. HTS Number
  10. Country of Origin