Magaya Importer Security Filing
Magaya Corporation has been certified by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to offer Importer Security Filing
(ISF), also called the 10+2 initiative. Magaya has incorporated the ISF feature into its products so you can easily
transfer shipment data to CBP from within your Magaya Logistics Software.
Customs requires that ISF must be filed electronically. Magaya Corporation has designed the Magaya ISF feature using
the technology that enables the Magaya AMS to communicate with the CBP. Similar to Magaya AMS, the Magaya ISF gathers
the information already entered in your shipment and places it in an ISF form for you. This speeds up the filing process
and eliminates data entry errors. The software runs a validation procedure to make sure no vital data is missing. After
validation, the transaction is posted to the CBP system. Notification from CBP is received back into your system and saved
in the appropriate shipment so you can follow every detail of the process. Your Magaya software retains a record of the ISF
filing, demonstrating compliance has been met.
Additional benefits include the opportunity for agents to file the ISF. If your agent at origin also has a Magaya product, they can
enter the cargo details for you at origin and send it to you via the Magaya Network. As a result, you will not have to key any information.
Also, if the agent is registered with CBP, they can file Magaya ISF themselves from origin to CBP.
What is ISF?
The Importer Security Filing (ISF) initiative by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires that importers and carriers
submit additional cargo information to CBP before the cargo is brought into the United States by vessel.
An ISF filing covers a single shipment going to a single ISF Importer arriving on a single vessel voyage. A single ISF may cover multiple
Bills of Lading as long as they are all going to the same importer as part of the same shipment on the same vessel voyage. An ISF is required
for non-bulk cargo, regardless of the size of the shipment.
According to the CBP, the party required to submit the Importer Security Filing (ISF) is the party causing the goods to enter the
limits of a port in the United States. This party is known as the “ISF Importer”. This could be the owner, purchaser, consignee,
or agent (e.g. customs broker). If an agent is used for ISF purposes, a power of attorney (POA) is required.
- U.S. Bound Cargo (Includes FTZ and IT): Requires the electronic filing of an ISF comprised of 10 data elements.
- Transit Cargo (FROB, IE and TE): Requires the electronic filing of an ISF comprised of 5 data elements.
ISFs are to be done at the “lowest” Bill of Lading level that has been (or will be) recorded in the vessel AMS system.
CBP accepts an ISF at either the House Bill of Lading level or regular (i.e., simple, straight) Bill of Lading level.
CBP does not accept an ISF that has been filed against a Master Bill of Lading
- Vessel Stow Plans required for arriving vessels with containers.
- Container Status Messages required for containers arriving via vessel.
Customs brokers can use the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) for the ISF.
Break-bulk cargo requires an ISF filing except those exempt from the 24-hour rule. Bulk cargo does not require ISF filing.
When CBP receives an ISF submission, the data is processed and CBP provides immediate feedback to the ISF Filer and the carrier.
The status notification message states that an ISF is successfully matched to a Bill of Lading that is on file with CBP.
The return messages include an Acceptance or Rejection message:
- Acceptance messages include a unique ISF transaction number.
- If there are any errors, or if the submission is rejected, CBP provides a reason code. If an ISF filing is rejected by CBP,
a new ISF must be filed. If CBP sends a warning with an ISF, the ISF must be corrected.
Required Data Elements for U.S. Bound Cargo
The required data elements are:
CBP permits importers to provide a range of acceptable responses based on facts available at the time, in lieu of a single specific response.
Importers are required to update their filings as soon as more precise or more accurate information is available. CBP accepts a DUNS number
in lieu of the name and address of the seller, buyer, or consolidator.
- Importer Record of Number
– The Importer Record of Number can be the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) number, Employer Identification
Number (EIN), Social Security Number (SSN), or CBP assigned number of the entity liable for payment of all duties and responsible for
meeting all statutory and regulatory requirements incurred as a result of importation. Limited to one per filing. In some cases, the
ISF Importer and the Importer of Record Number may be the same.
- Consignee Number – Defined as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) number, Employer Identification Number (EIN), Social Security Number
(SSN), or CBP assigned number of the individual(s) or firm(s) in the United States on whose account the merchandise is shipped. This
element is the same as the “consignee number” on CBP Form 3461.
- Seller (Owner) Name and Address
- Buyer (Owner) Name and Address
- Ship To Party – This is the name and address of the first deliver-to party scheduled to physically receive the goods after the goods have
been released from Customs custody.
- Manufacturer (Supplier) Name and Address – This is the identity of the party who last manufactured, assembled, produced, or grew the commodity
or the party who supplied the finished goods to the ISF Importer.
- Country of Origin
- Commodity HTS-6 – This is the Duty/statistical reporting number under which the article is classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The 10-digit number is an acceptable alternative.
- Container Stuffing Location
– This is the physical location where the goods were made “ship ready”.
- Consolidator (Stuffer) Name and Address
The above text is from CBP sources, but it is a brief overview of the ISF requirements and is provided for informational purposes. The exact
text of the requirements is available from CBP.gov.
See the CBP.gov website for updates, additional details, exemptions, in-bond shipment details, or requirements for Transit Cargo
(FROB, IE, TE) or for Vessel Stow Plans. (TE is a Transportation and Exportation shipment, sometimes referred to as T&E. IE is Immediate
How to Get Started with ISF
The ISF may only be filed through AMS or ABI. Entities that want to become Security Filing filers using either AMS or ABI should call
(703) 838-1810 to be assigned a Client Representative. Customs will give you an SCAC code if you do not have one. You will need to complete
an Interconnection Security Agreement (ISA). You will need to write a Letter of Intent stating that you will use Magaya Corporation as your
ISF service provider.
How to Get the Magaya ISF Plug-In
To get started with the Magaya ISF, contact your sales representative today to activate the Magaya ISF plug-in for your Magaya database. The Magaya ISF
works with the Magaya Cargo System and Magaya Supply Chain Solution.
Learn how to send ISF transactions to US Customs from your Magaya system using the Magaya ISF plug-in:
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